Week 50 – Why Bethlehem?
Have you ever wondered why would God Almighty choose such a secluded and humble place for the birth of His only Son? Most major colleges have more students than Bethlehem has population. So why was Bethlehem chosen as the place where Christ was born?
To answer that question, I want to use Bethlehem as an illustration of the Christian life.
- Bethlehem was a place for COUNTING. Everyone had to return to their own birthplace to be taxed and to be counted. This was a major part of the Christmas story. Well, actually each male had to return to their hometown – the wives and children came along as well. On top of this, scholars tell us that Bethlehem was a “hub” city. In others words, you had to travel through Bethlehem in order to get to any destination. It became a stopping point and a resting place for all travelers in that area.
CHRISTIAN LIFE COMPARISON: 1 Timothy 1:15 we learn that Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Jesus desires for all to be counted as a Christ follower. Then in John 14:6 the Bible tells us that the road to eternity with God, must travel through Christ. There is one road to heaven.
- Bethlehem was a place for CHASTENING. The inn at Bethlehem was probably a four walled, open air building where unharnessed animals slept. If this was the inn, then no telling what kind of space Mary and Joseph had to stay in. It was a very humble setting
CHRISTIAN LIFE COMPARISON: In Matthew 23:8-12, Jesus warned the Pharisees and the teachers of the law about their lack of humbleness. He says the greatest among you must be a servant. Those who humble themselves will be exalted.
- Bethlehem was a place for CULTIVATING. Bethlehem has a nearby water supply. That water fed a rich pastureland. That is
- why there were shepherds nearby. They were watering their sheep when the announcement was made about the birth of Christ. The necessities of tending sheep are good pastures and plenty of water.
CRISTIAN LIFE COMPARISON In order for the Christian to be able to grow there are certain necessities. They need continuous communication with the father (1 Thessalonians 5:7) we are to pray without ceasing. This type of communication comes from an intentional devotion time with the Lord. In addition, God’s word becomes the food to a growing healthy life.
Please do not forget Windermere’s financial needs. We are still asking friends to make a tax deductible donation by year’s end. Here is how –
- You make your check out to Windermere Baptist Conference Center
- You may make a donation by credit card by going to our website – Go to logosconnect.com
- You can donate an investment such as stocks, CD’s, etc. It is a simple process. Just give us a call and we can walk you through the steps.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! My blog will take a break until January 3rd
It is always a pretty day at the lake.