Luke 2:6-7, KJV: “6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Matthew 2:1a, KJV: “1 Now ... Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king...”
The birth of Jesus fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming Messiah. The Jews had long foretold of (and waited for) this moment, but most of them didn't recognize it. They were looking for a King (and weren't expecting a baby).
It's ironic that such a powerful man would be born in such a humble way. Would this be how you would have planned it? But God uses the unusual situations we find ourselves in to bring forth His power.
Jesus is about to have two unexpected sets of visitors, from two different walks of life. You can read more about that on Wednesday, December 22 (as well as on Friday, December 24).