Christmas Greetings Friends!
As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, let’s consider the significance of his birthplace, Bethlehem! (Hebrew for House of Bread)
Be blessed and Be encouraged today!
In Christ always, Carole
2 Cor. 10:31
Part 2 ~ Remembering Bethlehem
It’s been two decades since I visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel. Even so, I vividly remember an experience of a lifetime!
Among the many circumstances surrounding Jesus’ miracle birth, one detail that isn’t often discussed is name of the town.
Bet (house) and lehem (of bread) are also significant details to God’s perfect plan for our redemption.
So, what about bread?
Bread is the “staff of life” and a fundamental food in all cultures. It’s fills us up and sustains us with carbohydrates for energy and vitamin B for a healthy central nervous system. Can you think of anything more satisfying than a piece of fresh baked bread right out of the oven?
Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”
During the Last Supper, (Luke 19:22), Jesus held a piece of bread saying, “This is my body, given for you.”
While teaching around Galilee, Jesus stated that He is the bread of life and that when we come to Him, we’ll never go hungry. (John 6:35)
Hungry for what? Let me ask you,
- –been losing sleep?”
- –ever felt lonely?”
- –lost a loved one?”
- –dealt with stress over finances?”
- –experienced overload at your workplace?”
- –made some poor decisions and are now facing the consequences?”
THOUGHTS TO PONDER:
In Matthew 5:6, Jesus encourages us saying, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Jesus relieves the “hunger” pains we all experience. When we turn our focus to Him, His Holy Spirit fills us and satisfies us with supernatural peace, joy, and love.
God bless you as you ask Jesus, the Bread of Life, to satisfy your “hunger” this Christmas season. Then, through your renewed faith, find ways to help fill the needs of others.