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The Joy of Bethlehem

The story of Christmas begins in the streets of ancient Bethlehem. This small town, nestled five miles south of Jerusalem, holds within its name the promise of sustenance – "House of Bread" or "Place of Fruitfulness." It seems fitting then, that this humble village would become the cradle of the greatest gift humanity has ever received: the birth of Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life. 

God's plan for redemption unfolded: Micah 5:2, Isaiah 9:6, John 6:35,  Psalm 107:9, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Genesis 35:16-20, Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 53:1-6, Ephesians 1:4,  John 1:1-14, 2 Corinthians 8:9

Jesus came to this world

1.  To reveal the invisible God - John 14:9

2. To fulfill prophecy - Genesis 3:15 

3. To make a sacrifice for our sins - Hebrews 2:9

4. To reconcile man to God - 2 Corinthians 5:19

5. To provide the believer with a high priest – Hebrews 2:17

6. To destroy the devil and his works – Hebrews 2:14

7. To destroy the curse – Romans 5:12

8. To heal the broken hearted – Luke 4:18

9. To give abundant life – John 10:10

In Bethlehem's humble stable, the altar between heaven and earth was bridged. The divine and the human, the eternal and the temporal, intertwined in a way that forever altered the course of history. 

This is the true essence of Christmas – the story of a God who became flesh, who laid aside his power and majesty, to offer himself as the ultimate sacrifice for our redemption. It is a story that transcends time and culture, reminding us that even in the darkest night, the light of hope shines brightest.

 

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