WHY WAS JESUS BORN IN A BAKE-HOUSE?
If I was to ask you the question ‘Why was Jesus born in a Bake-house?’ you would probably say: “Wait a minute, Jesus was not born in a ‘Bake-house’ but in a manger and some kind of stable!
Although it would be correct to say that there was no room in the Inn and yes there was a stable of some sort and a manger, yet it could be argued that I am also right to say that he was born in a ‘Bake-house!’ –
Five or six miles southwest of Jerusalem lay the tiny town of Bethlehem in the Judean hills. The literal meaning of Bethlehem is: ‘The House of Bread’ - Therefore, we can say that ‘Jesus was born in a Bake-house.’
Let me try and answer my question giving three reasons as to ‘Why was Jesus born in a Bake-house?’
1. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, ‘The House of Bread’, to identify with common man.
Jesus was not born in the house of royalty; neither in the house of a millionaire; or the house of a celebrity.
Jesus was not born in Jerusalem, Rome, Athens or Alexandra, the great cities of the day.
Jesus was not born in any political, commercial, cultural, educational or socially significant place of his day.
When Micah, the O.T. prophet foretold the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, he emphasised its lack of significance to the world in this way: “But you Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me the one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”(Micah 5:2) – Bethlehem, ‘The House of Bread.’
Bread is one of life’s most common commodity and God wanted his Son available to all – God gave his Son to be the Saviour of the WORLD
Friends, Christ was born in a ‘Bake-house’ to identify with you and me!
2. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, ‘The House of Bread’, to satisfy our spiritual hunger.
Jesus said of himself in John 6:35: “I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger.”
Bread is a good comparison to Jesus because HE satisfies, HE delights, and HE strengthens us spiritually just as bread does physically!
Jesus this Christmas invites you and me to dine at his table of delight and find full satisfaction!
This Christmas, let us join with the psalmist in Psalm 107 and say: “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.....he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
3. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, ‘The House of Bread’, to teach us that we must choose him as Saviour for ourselves.
When one person eats a meal, it doesn’t satisfy the hunger that anyone else may have – I can go to ‘Harvesters’ or ‘Pizza Hut’ and have one of their special meals, go home, tell my wife about it, what it tasted like, what was in it and how much I really enjoyed it – I can even take a picture of it on my mobile phone and show it to her, but it will never satisfy her hunger and she will never appreciate its taste until she eats and enjoys it for herself!
Jesus was born in a ‘Bake-House’ so that we as individuals may eat personally of the bread of life and be satisfied.
He is the only one who offers life and that to the full. However, the decision to receive him is an individual one! – John reminds us in John 1:12: “But as many as receive him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
Christ was born in Bethlehem, ‘The House of Bread”, so that he could come into our hearts and lives as we invite him. – Come with me this Christmas to Bethlehem, eat of the bread of life and be satisfied!
Let us pray with William Williams of Pantycelyn:
“Bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore.”
On behalf of all at Waterfront Community Church may I wish you a very Happy Christmas and every blessing in the New Year
Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda