Born in Bethlehem

An angel appeared to some lowly shepherds while they were watching their flocks. Fear over took them, but the angel told them to not be afraid, there is great news, a savior has been born. After the angel’s message of joy, a multitude of heavenly host appeared praising and worshiping God and saying, “Glory to ‘god in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” The shepherds went to find the child that the angel spoke about. The shepherds went to Bethlehem (Hebrew name: house of bread) and found Jesus lying in a manger (a feeding area). When the shepherds left, they began “glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.”

It is interesting that Jesus was born in the city called “house of bread”. He was found in a feeding area for animals, and later He makes the claim, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35). “In Western cultures, bread is often optional, but it was an essential staple then.)1 Bread (food) sustains life. Jesus is the Bread of God that brings eternal life. Since Christ has come, one can have a relationship with Christ and live eternally with Him.

As we enjoy this Christmas season, let remember that the baby who was in the animal’s feeding area was the man that went to the cross so we can have eternal life with Him. Let’s follow the pattern that is seen in the nativity account: angels and shepherds praising and worshiping God.

Jesus Christ is worthy of worship and praise.

John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

Luke 2:13-14 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

Luke 2:20 The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.

Micah 5:2 “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.”

1 The bible knowledge commentary. Cook. Pg296.

Joy

As a child, Christmas could not come fast enough. The excitement, wonder, and magical part of Christmas is all that a child’s mind is focused on. As that child gets older, sometimes the excitement disappears. It could be the commercialism of Christmas, the long lines in stores, or the pressures that come this time of year. I know for me it is sometimes hard to enjoy this time of year. Half of my working years have been in retail jobs where you work an insane amount of hours, and you are too tired to enjoy Christmas. You would make good money, but you were never home and were too tired to do anything. The other half has been working in seasonal businesses where this time of year is usually very slow. Usually money is tight, but the positive is that you have lots of time. Occasionally, I need to be reminded what this season is really about.

In Luke two, an angel appeared to some shepherds who were watching their flocks at night. The angel said to them, “I bring you good news of great JOY which will be for all the people.” Several times in Luke, when “joy” is mentioned, it is talking about salvation. This is one of those verses, because the reason of this “joy” is that “in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord. The Messiah has come to save his people.

 

This is great news, because we can now have a relationship with the creator of the universe. Since man is sinful, he cannot enter into the presence of a holy God. Jesus Christ went to the cross and took on our sins so we can enter into the presence of God. This is the ultimate Christmas gift. God the Father gave his Son, Jesus Christ so we can have access to God (John 3:16). Now all you have to do is “believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). This is a total trust that God has forgiven your sins and has given you eternal life with Him.

 

Even if you do not care for this particular season, you can still have joy because of what you have been saved from [i.e. hell (an eternal separation from God’s presence)]. Do not keep this joy to yourselves; tell others about the great joy that is within you.

Luke 2:10-11

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people, for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.