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
I send this Pump Up out every year at this time for all my new subscribers. I have made some updates to it this year.
If you are near Montpelier, OH I will be preaching this Pump Up's complete version on Sunday Dec. 24th at the Montpelier Church of Christ at 10 am. I would love to see you.
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."
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.
John 6:41 - So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”
John 6:48 - "I am the bread of life."
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.”
Jesus was and is the Bread of Life. If you are spiritually hungry Jesus is the One who can take away all of your hunger pains. If you have been wondering "What is my purpose?" Then look to Jesus for your answers.
The sheep 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 - The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “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 and would sacrifice their blood. But only the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus, could totally atone for the sins of mankind.
I hope and pray you have allowed the blood of Jesus to wash away your sins.
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 Christmas season is only as meaningful as we make it.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.