Saturday, December 22, 2007

Laid Him in a Manger

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Luke 2:1-6

Only six short verses of the Bible are devoted to the actual birth of Christ in the small village of Bethlehem among the sheep and the cattle. The entire world remained asleep, totally unaware that God had come to dwell among them so that He might provide their only hope of salvation from the sin of this world.

Joseph and Mary did not live in Bethlehem; they lived in Galilee. Yet, God had prophesied in Micah 5:2 that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

As a matter of fact, because Jesus grew up in Galilee, many did not believe that He was really the Christ. God moved Caesar Augustus, however, to call for a registration of all the people, causing Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem, the city of David, because they were of the house and lineage of David. God is God, and we are not! It was not difficult for Him to move an ungodly ruler to call for a census so that Mary and Joseph would be in Bethlehem when Mary delivered Jesus.

What a lowly birth for the Savior. No trumpets were blown in His honor; no celebrations were held to herald the birth of the King of Kings. He was not born into a wealthy family, but to the lowly household of a carpenter. He did not have a fancy crib awaiting His birth; when He was born Mary laid Him in a manger!

Christ came to save a people for Himself--just ordinary people like you and me. We are never too lowly or too poor to be reached by the saving blood of Christ. All people, rich or poor, have access to Christ in the same way. The only way to gain salvation is by falling before Christ, confessing our sins, accepting His righteous blood as payment for those sins, and claiming Him as our Lord and Master.

Amidst all of the gaiety of friends, families, food, and presents, let us stop and take a moment to consider the humble birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There was no room for Mary and Joseph in the inn.

Is there room in your heart for the Savior?

God Bless You,

PS All Scriptures are from the King James Version of the Bible.

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