Thursday, December 9, 2010

Celebrating Christmas--Bethlehem

The Good News! for today is Christmas. That is the best news in the entire history of mankind. And to celebrate, I am going to be discussing one of the symbols of Christmas each day until the 25th. I hope you will enjoy.

I’ll start with Bethlehem. It was well known at the time of the Savior’s birth that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. When the wise men traveled to Jerusalem and inquired of Herod about the new king, Herod assembled his wise men and leaders and “demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel” (Matthew 2:4-6). 

The name Bethlehem means “house of bread” and I will never forget the amazing feelings that surged through me the moment it struck me that the Bread of Life was born in the House of Bread. Ever since then I can’t hear the hymn “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” without feeling the feelings again especially with the last phrase, “The dear Christ enters in.”

Physically Christ was born in Bethlehem. Spiritually He is born in every heart that will let Him enter in. Therefore, I want my heart to be a House of Bread—a place where the Bread of Life lives.

1 comment:

Wendi said...

That's neat about the Bread of Life being born in the House of Bread. Thanks for sharing. :)