“Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year”, at least that’s how the song goes. I’d have to agree on many levels. Not only do we have lights and decorations but we have festivities and parties filled with wonderful food and deserts! Who can pass on a sausage ball, or egg nog, or even fruit cake! We can all pass on the fruit cake! Seriously, though, for the most part Christmas brings us foods, scents, and drinks that we only get this time of the year.
As I was reading over the Christmas story again, I was remembering the meaning of “Bethlehem”. If you didn’t know, it means “House of Bread”. Because everyone was taking part of the census, Joseph, who was a citizen of that city because he was of the lineage of David, was headed back to the “House of Bread” to be registered.
It struck me as I let that sink in. They are on the way to the House of Bread with the Bread of Life! It’s not ironic or coincidental. It’s the hand of God, the providence and sovereignty of God. It’s the God of details and humor who has arranged this! How awesome to have the Manna from Heaven, the Bread of Life going to be born in the House of Bread! And how much more a simple reminder that this very Bread of Life would be broken for us.
“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.” Micah 5:2
At this festive season with all of the food and deserts, may we not forget simple communion with Christ, whose body and blood are represented in the broekn bread and poured out wine. May we enjoy the Bread of Life, forever!
Vision 2 Hear
4Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because (D)he was of the house and family of David,
5in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.
The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2
Be a blessing to someone’s house: bring some homemade bread, or any other food item that consists of Bread.
Find a quiet place for communion with the Bread of Life. Listen to Oh Little Town of Bethlehem as you pray.
Make a gingerbread, House of Bread with your children and tell the story of Jesus.
How does seeing how God orchestrated such a thing as the Bread of Life being born in the House of Bread make you feel? What does it teach you about God or Jesus?
What “scent” does your house promote? What title would it have?