If this were the Stuff Christians Like blog, this would be a “Serious Wednesday” post. Except it’s Thursday. Also, it would be much more well-written and possibly include a hip-hop reference (or 2). But I digress…
Have you ever thought about where Jesus was born?
As well all know, it was a place called Bethlehem. Wanna know what it means?
Bethlehem means “house of bread.” Jesus was born in a place called the “house of bread.”
Have you ever thought about where Jesus was placed after he was born?
As we all know, after Jesus was born, he was placed in a manger. Wanna know what it means?
- Manger is from the French. It means “to eat.” The Greek word for manger, “phatne,” means “the ledge or projection in the end of the room used as a stall on which the hay or other food of the animals of travellers was placed.”
- A manger is a trough or open box in a stable designed to hold feed or fodder for livestock. It could’ve been made out of wood or rock.
- After Jesus was born, he was placed in a box that holds food.
Jesus was born in the “house of bread” and placed in a box meant to hold food…
Apparently, there are things happening very early on, clues the Scriptures are giving us, about who this Baby is and what is He going to be about.
Thomas Cahill, in his book Desire of the Everlasting Hills says, “food will play an important role throughout Jesus’s life. He feeds a vast throng by miraculously multiplying a few loaves of bread and some fish…these ever-increasing mobs that followed him about would become a real headache for his regular disciples…when at last they would urge Jesus to send the mob on its way, we learn that His pity extends not only to the spiritual but to the physical nourishment of these “sheep” – and this is what prompts the miracle.”
Here are some places in the gospels that tell stories of Jesus and food…
- Mark 5:35-43.
- Mark 6:34-37.
- Mark 8:1-3.
- Luke 22:14-16 (the last thing He does before His crucifixion).
- John 21:4-13 (the first thing He does after rejoining His disciples after His resurrection)
There are so many people in the world who are suffering because they don’t have anything to eat. According to the World Food Programme…
- There are 925 million hungry people in the world. That’s roughly 3 times the population of the United States.
- 98% of them live in developing countries.
- 25% (around 250 million) of the hungry people in the world are children.
Jesus was keenly aware that people were physically hungry. And he seemed to understand that much of the joy in life can only be experienced when our stomachs are full. It is clear that if we are to be like Jesus then we have to take time out of our lives to feed people. Literally. With food.
Jesus is the “bread of life.”
He not only gives the bread of life, He IS the bread of life. He sustains us. He energizes us. He gives us strength for the day. He, alone, is the key to our survival. He wants to feed our souls. And He wants to give people a different, better kind of “bread.”
But we have to feed them with physical bread first.
This Christmas season, in honor and memory of the birth and birthplace of Jesus, and to carry on His mission, would you consider giving attention to the hungry people of this world?
You can’t feed all the hungry people in the world. But you can start by feeding one hungry person.
And that’s what’s been cooking in the house of bread.