Throughout the Old Testament of the Bible, Bethlehem keeps popping up, most notably as the birthplace of said King David. Combine this will umpteen prophecies that David's descendants will "rule for ever" and a powerful picture is emerging.
The eternal Son of God would be born in a small, utterly insignificant village south of Jerusalem. Now you might expect a radical and divine leader to pop up in Jerusalem, maybe in the temple ...
But no; it was to be in a tin-pot village of no status other than a thread of history. The prophet Micah gets it just right in his writings, penned about 850 years before the first Christ Mas.
The Lord says, “Bethlehem Ephrathah**, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel, whose family line goes back to ancient times. When he comes, he will rule his people with the strength that comes from the Lord and with the majesty of the Lord God himself. His people will live in safety because people all over the earth will acknowledge his greatness, and he will bring peace."
Bit there is another spooky kink between Bethlehem and Jesus. Beth mans "house" in Hebrew and "Lehem" is a form of the word for "bread". And how does Jesus describe himself, born in the "House of Bread"?
"The bread that God gives is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
“Sir,” his followers asked him, “give us this bread always.”
“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them.
The "Bread of Life" was born in the "House of Bread".
** Ephrathah - an old name for the Bethlehem area, used here to distinguish David's/Jesus' Bethlehem from "the other one".