Luke 2:15-16 - When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger." NASU
What some may not know is the meaning of Bethlehem. It means "house of bread". Jesus was the Bread of Life or the Bread of God that came from the "house of bread" to give spiritual life to the world.
John 6:33 - "For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world." NASU
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. NASU
John 6:41 - So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” NASU
John 6:48 - "I am the bread of life." NASU
John 6:51 - "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” NASU
When Jesus comes into your life He is able to completely satisfy your spiritual hunger.
The sheep that were offered on the altar were special as they were sheep without a blemish.
When John the Baptist saw Jesus he said this about Him.
John 1:29 - ...“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"
John saw Jesus as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world and this Lamb was born in Bethlehem where a lot of other lambs were born that would sacrifice their blood. But only the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus, could totally atone for the sins of mankind.
As you think about Jesus the Lamb of God, one thing you must know for sure and that is whatever sins you have committed can be forgiven through Jesus' sacrificial offering of Himself. His blood has been offered at the altar of God to pay for the sins of everyone.
What this means for us today is that we can celebrate Christmas with JOY in our hearts because a Savior was born on Christmas day and we have allowed the Savior's blood to cover, to wash away or atone for our sins.
If you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior I would like to encourage you to do this today. If you are not sure exactly how to do this please reply to this email and I will personally help you.
What greater gift could anyone receive?
Truly, Jesus is the Gift that keeps on giving.
Think on This:
Jesus really is the reason for the season. The greatest gift that could be given has been given.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.