It’s hard to talk about the Christmas story without mentioning the city of Jesus’ birth – Bethlehem.
I find it very fitting that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Not only was it prophesied to be the place of Messiah’s birth, but it also completes a biblical narrative that began back in Genesis. It is of interest to note that the name “Bethlehem” literally means in Hebrew “the house of bread.” I say this is fitting that Jesus is born in the house of bread because certainly, Jesus offers us the bread of life. He is the spiritual manna which saves us from our spiritual hunger and sustains us along our spiritual journey. His body was beaten and broken and offered as a sacrifice for our sins. And Jesus, who is himself born in the house of bread, offers his body, which is the new spiritual house of God, as broken for us. He symbolizes this profound reality with the Lord’s Supper and bread that is broken and given to his people. As we partake of communion and celebrate the broken body of Jesus, who was born in Bethlehem the house of bread, let us not forget Jesus, in his sacrifice on the cross, has become the true house of bread. He is the true and better Bethlehem, house of bread, and if anyone eats from him, he will never hunger again.