December 10th, 2017

Read "MICAH 5:1-4" & "PSALM 130

Second Sunday In Advent

"Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?" (JOHN 7:42)

HOUSE OF BREAD

The history of Bethlehem (house of bread) is filled with takeovers by numerous regimes and religions. The building and deconstruction over the millennia leaves the casual observer to wonder why this small area, six miles south of Jerusalem, would warrant all the strategic attention. This was the City of David. He was crowned King of Israel here.

From little Bethlehem in Judah, Micah declared, the Messiah would come. This is just one of many messianic prophesies that boldly reveal the truth of God's plan and purpose to restore our severed relationships to Him. God's mysterious revelations are unfolded over many generations in the Bible to lead us to find the true Messiah.

Today, Bethlehem is under Palestinian control. That does not erase its biblical importance or its historical role. If you visit, look beyond the commercialism in the trinkets and souvenirs. See, in this obscure place, the birth of the Lamb of God, who redeems us.

Maybe you need a fresh perspective to see how much God loves us. This house of bread was home to the Bread of Life, who gives life-strengthening sustenance each time we come to the Lord's Table. Remember the great things God has done for us, and rejoice.

Lord, please help me see anew Your plan for our salvation. Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

Office Phone: 515-244-6517

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