The Spirit Gives Life

Bethlehem, Hebrew Bet Leḥem “House of Bread”

“When the angels had departed from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, ‘Let’s go straight to Bethlehem, then, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’ And they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.” (Luke 2:15-16 NASB) 

The word of God is living and will speak to those who listen. Jesus departed from His disciples into heaven, like the angels who left the shepherds. Now it’s our turn to go like the shepherds and see what has happened in God’s House of Bread. The bread that was broken for all to eat. The word of God is better than mana, this bread gives life to the soul. “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats from this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I will give for the life of the world also is My flesh.”

Bethlehem, Arabic Bayt Laḥm “House of Meat”

“Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, ‘How can this man give us His flesh to eat?’  So, Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.'” (John 6:52-56 NASB)

Sitting saying to one another “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem ….” and praise our Lord God who gave Himself up out of love for His church. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh provides no benefit; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” (John 6:63 NASB) The sacrament of communion is the remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice. Body and blood bruised and shed so that His Spirit could give life to the saints who receive, by believing, His word.