And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. (Luke 2:6-7 NLT)
Strips of cloth were used to keep a baby warm and give him a sense of security. These cloths were believed to protect his internal organs. The custom of wrapping infants this way is still practised in many Middle Eastern countries.
This mention of the manger is the basis for the traditional belief that Jesus was born in a stable. Stables were often caves with feeding troughs (mangers) carved into the rock walls. Despite popular Christmas card pictures, the surroundings were dark and dirty. This was not the atmosphere the Jews expected as the birthplace of the Messiah-King. They thought their promised Messiah would be born in royal surroundings. We should not limit God by our expectations. He is at work wherever he is needed in our sin-darkened and dirty world.
Although our first picture of Jesus is a baby in a manger, it must not be our last. The Christ child in the manger is the subject of a beautiful Christmas scene, but we must not leave him there. This tiny, helpless baby lived an amazing life, died for us, ascended to heaven, and will return to earth as King of kings. Christ will rule the world and judge all people according to their decisions about him. Do you still picture Jesus as a baby in a manger—or is he your Lord? Make sure you don’t underestimate Jesus. Let him grow up in your life.(Tyndale Study Bible)
This certainly is the most exciting time for all. Remember when we were children? Yes, I know there are many that are going through troubled times.
You see, Jesus was born for a purpose. He died for us so that we can be born again.
There are two significant things in this scripture: birth, as well as the fact that it takes place in a dirty manger.
I can’t believe that everybody in this world does not accept His invitation to be born again and relieved from this dirty world. Born again and cleansed of all sin.
Furthermore, He says to stay in His word and become Godly. Or at least strive for that.
Take this time to do all those things I spoke about in the last three posts – forgiveness being the most important. I am not speaking to you alone, but myself as well.
Think about how exciting it would be if you accept His invitation. It is the most important thing that will ever happen in your life.
“Lord, I pray rebirth for all. Cleansing of our minds and soul. Thank You for coming to this world for our salvation. In Jesus name. Amen.”