More than a Manger
by Randy Chambers, 2016-12-21
Luke 2:12, NIV: This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby
wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
Jesus—the King of kings and Lord of Lords—God with us, was laid in a manger. A
manger: a food trough for animals in a stable was to be Jesus’ first bed. The
manger was nothing of itself, but for a night became a throne for the God of the
universe. It lacked great value; was common and ordinary. Yet for a night it was
used for an extraordinary purpose. Christ entered into the world as a baby in a
manger, and He enters now as Savior into the hearts of all who receive Him.
Those who receive Him are ordinary people who can become a people of
extraordinary purpose. They are simple, common people who in and of themselves
do not hold great value in the eyes of the world, but have been deemed by the
God of creation as highly valued—so valuable that He sent His only Son to a
manger—and then to a cross. Jesus came wrapped in flesh and bone, in swaddling
clothes, in a manger, in a stable, in a world He had created. He comes now,
wrapped in flesh and bone, in hearts of believers, in a new life that He has
made a new creation. Whether a manger or individuals, it is certain that
anywhere Jesus has been, will never be the same again.