by Pastor Tim Burt
Renee and I pray that each and every one of you may experience the most blessed Christmas season ever! We pray for God’s love and the message of Jesus to pour out upon you and those endeared to your heart! Merry Christmas from the Burts!
And so the Christmas Story continues…
Luke 2:4-5 (NIV) “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.”
Joseph and Mary loved each other. They were excited in their new engagement and dreamed of serving God together as one. They knew of the depth of their love for God and hoped that the blessing of God would be mighty upon their life because of their love for Him. As they finished this hard long journey to Bethlehem and talked of and tried to understand what God was doing in their lives, it was difficult to understand. Their minds could hardly comprehend Gabriel’s revelation concerning the virgin birth of the son of God. The looks, the whispering and gossip – it seemed as though the reputation of living righteously before the Lord all their life had been trashed in the eyes of others, and they were glad to get away from it. But this journey was so long and difficult for her. She was so pregnant and uncomfortable. “Lord, if I am carrying your Son, is there anything special to help us that comes with this honor?”
It seemed to be the opposite. No room to stay anywhere. “Lord, how can this be?” “You’ve led us here and I am about to give birth to your child.” “Surely you have a special place for this to happen.”
Who really knows if these are the thoughts Mary and Joseph had. But they were human like you and I. They loved God like you and I. And yet they had to walk out their faith like you and I. And so they did. Although they were blessed and God was with them at every step, I’m sure that they had those moments like you and I do where we the thought comes, “Lord, where are you in all this?” He was there. They had to constantly remind each other of this just like we need to. That is one of the greatest blessings of marriage, to remind and encourage each other in the promises the Lord makes to us throughout His Word.
And then we read more of the story…
Luke 2:6-7 (NIV) “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Just think; Jesus was wrapped in strips of cloth and laid in a manager –an animal feeding trough. To me that is significant. It is because being “feeding” is such an important part of the plan of God. He was in the trough. Feed is what is usually in the trough. Jesus would become who fed us throughout our Christian walk.
As Jesus would begin to walk out His earthly ministry, He would begin to tell us that He would feed us revelation and insight of Himself and the Father and the plan of God for evermore. And it would be the feeding of His Word that would ever bring true satisfaction, joy and peace.
We see this in John 6:35 (NIV) “Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
We read more in John 6:31-35 (NKJV) “Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ “Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He (Jesus) who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” Jesus was born in Bethlehem which means The House of Bread.
Jesus said we’d live not just by natural bread but by His Words. Luke 4:4 (NKJV) But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
As you think about Christmas, remember Jesus in the manager. Let that remind you that He came into this world to feed us His truth, His insight, and His instruction for living so that we could live uprightly and blessed as overcomers over the trials and tribulations this sin-tainted world tries to destroy our life with. This is what Joseph and Mary did. They had to walk out the natural part of their lives as well as the supernatural, step by step and day by day. But their lives were marked with the reassurance of His love including signs and wonders as they lived by faith and trust in Him. That faith and trust was fueled by His word – that was first placed in the manager – the feeding trough!
Matthew 4:4 (NIV) Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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