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.

Changed Lives

This is probably the strongest argument for proof of the resurrection. The changed lives of the disciples prove that Jesus resurrected. At the death of Christ, the disciples fled puzzled because they were expecting Jesus to be their new political ruler to overtake Rome, yet later after the resurrection, they were empowered with the Holy Spirit to be bold witnesses of this resurrection. (Matt 28:19, Acts 2:4) They went out and turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6). At their first outreach, Peter stood up with boldness and preached to thousands. (Acts 2: 14–41) Being eyewitnesses brought them assurance of the reality of the resurrection and it also brought them confidence to step out by faith into the opposition that the religious rulers had waiting for them.

As you witness to your friends, be sure to use your own personal testimony telling them how God changed your life. No one can argue about what God has done in your life.

In Acts 26, King Agrippa could not argue with Paul about what God did in Paul’s life. King Agrippa’s only response was, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.”