About 50 miles Northwest of Austin, is the small town of Burnet, Texas. At the center of Burnet, stands the First Baptist Church which has been offering a unique and memorable annual event. Since 1993, Main Street Bethlehem allows people to travel, not only 2,000 years in the past, but also across the Atlantic Ocean to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ.
Once you walk in, the sights and sounds are authentic to the time and place. From the prisoner to the tax collector to the blacksmith to countless merchants – all were in costume and had a special part to play. If you watch carefully, you will experience conversations that were typical during that time.
Miranda was mesmerized by the dancers in the Tavern.
My mom, sisters, and I all listened in on the Tax Collector doing business outside of the market. Farmers were bargaining with cattle and sheep.
I enjoyed the teaching of a small boy in the Synagogue.
While in the Jewelry Shop, Miranda and I listened in as the Shepherds notified the Potter that angels had come to share about the birth of The Savior. Of course, there was much doubt on the face of the Potter, but the Shepherds were adamant of what they had seen.
Miranda, Tedi, and Lexi visited an older couple in their room at the Inn before we headed over to the Manger to see Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus.
In the midst of the modern age of technology, it was nice to escape it all. To experience that wondrous night, over 2,000 years ago, when God stepped out of Heaven and took the form of a small baby in order to become the Savior of the world. Christmas has changed dramatically over the years and the true meaning has dissipated. Main Street Bethlehem is a tool to reinforce Christ as the center of Christmas for my family.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through Him.
John 3:16 – 17