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The Meaning of Christmas

The city where Jesus was born

This is our first Christmas in Jerusalem, fifteen miles from the birthplace of Jesus. Many people visit Bethlehem on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, mostly to visit the Church of the Nativity and look at the “star-shaped” cave under the church altar where Jesus was possibly born.

Bethlehem

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O Little Town of Bethlehem

O holy Child of Bethlehem

Descend to us, we pray

Cast out our sin and enter in

Be born to us today

We hear the Christmas angels

The great glad tidings tell

O come to us, abide with us

Our Lord Emmanuel

The bread of life

Bethlehem in Hebrew means “house of bread.” Jesus is “the Bread of life” and whoever receives Him will not be spiritually hungry (John 6:35). When abiding in Him you experience the greatest satisfaction in life.

The sacrificial lamb

Bethlehem in Arabic means “house of meat.” Jesus is, “the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” (1 Pet 1:19). Isaiah states the Messiah “was led like a lamb to the slaughter” (Isa 53:7).

Cast out our sin

The Child born in the place of bread and meat is the sacrificial Lamb that provides spiritual sustenance. His birth in Bethlehem points to Calvary, making a way for you to have forgiveness and fulfillment.

Living Water

Jesus was born in a manger. Manger’s are thought to have been places to hold water for animals. They often grazed fields for food. Jesus, the living water (John 4:14) was laid in a place that likely kept water.

Light of the world

The birth of Jesus was announced by starlight (Matt 2:2). Wise men from the East came to worship him by following this light.

God with us

Jesus, the Bread of life, sacrificial Lamb, living water, and light of the world is Emmanuel, God with us.

The challenge

This Christmas season reflect on the Christ born in Bethlehem as the Bread of life, Lamb of God, Living Water, and Light of the World. Come worship Him and experience the Lord Emmanuel.

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