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Christmas 1977

But Why Bethlehem?

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | December 25, 1977

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Jesus gave the village of Bethlehem worldwide prominence when He was born there. But why did God choose Bethlehem as the place for Jesus’ birth?

Pastor Wiersbe examines how Jesus and Bethlehem are associated with the essentials, experiences, and expectations of life. Most of all, he explains why Jesus gives us hope.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

Jesus gave the village of Bethlehem world-wide prominence.

Why did God choose Bethlehem as the place of our Savior’s birth?

  • Jesus is associated with the essentials of life.
    • The necessities of life are bread and water.
    • “Bethlehem” in Hebrew means “house of bread.”
    • Jesus is the Bread of Life.
    • When you partake of the Bread of Life you are satisfied.
    • A man’s greatness is not shown by the way he takes responsibilities; a man’s greatness is shown by what he does with privileges.
    • Jesus offers us living bread and water.
  • Jesus is associated with the experiences of life.
    • Jesus is Immanuel: God with us.
    • Jesus identifies with us in birth and in death.
    • Jesus is not only connected with our sorrow, but with our joy.
  • Jesus is associated with the expectations of life.
    • Micah prophesied about the Messiah when all the hope in the land of Israel was gone.
    • God always has something for us in the future.
    • The hope of our lives is wrapped up in Bethlehem.

If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord you have hope.

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