And the "manger" was the earliest evidence. They, no doubt, padded it in some way to make a comfy little bed. “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 2:7), “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12), “They went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:16). We likely are very familiar with the Nativity story. Not the understanding. Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. The document presents itself as written by James: “I, James, wrote this history in Jerusalem.” The purported author is thus James, the brother of Jesus, but scholars have established that the work was not written by the person to whom it is attributed. Christ: the Messiah, the fulfiller of all the promises of God. According to the Bible, both accounts agree that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth. That’s who the angel said had been born. There is no mistakes in anything God did in Jesus being born from the fact that He comes as a baby to the gifts that are given to Him by the Wisemen. When the angels appear, the shepherds are terrified. He was laid in a manger to demonstrate the extent of His poverty. A manger is a feed trough for animals. Keep in mind that the proper understanding of a word is based on its context. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. No ordinary human being does this. So, God had a good seven centuries (and more!) Yet, our Savoir chose to be born with the animals because He loves us that much. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. The Church of the Nativity was much neglected in the Mamluk and Ottoman periods, but not destroyed. Why? 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. The manger was the place of the First Supper. What a God! As a husband, I know that God calls me to lead my family. But he didn’t do it that way. The angel of the Lord said something to the shepherds that was almost too good to be true. Portions of the floor mosaic survive from this period. God bless you! And you will know something. The Savior is in a feeding trough! Man could never come to Jesus on His rightful throne. They were never welcome in palaces or great houses. Troubled Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank is bracing for the occasion, where pilgrims from around the world flock to the city. Israel’s culture was based on hospitality, the giving, and receiving of it. That word “pleased” (Greek eudokia) occurs one other place in Luke: Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your good pleasure (eudokia).” (Luke 10:21). The ones who would take no offense at a baby in a feeding trough. It is one of the core concepts of Christian life. God must have seen to it that Caesar Augustus made this registration law. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. Some stories that reach back forever, forward into eternity, down to the depths of mystery, and up to the heights of glory. “For My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink” (Jn 6:55). Jesus was lying in exactly the place God planned: a feeding trough. Entered by a flight of steps by the church altar, this is the cave that has been honored as the site of Christ’s birth since at least the 2nd century. What is Luke’s message through the manger? The Gospel of Luke, by A.W. . His purpose is simply to show the humble and friendless state of the infant child, and this is done by the mention of the circumstances that there was no room for His parents, and that when He was born He was laid in a manger. It is God’s kindness that leads to repentance. No wonder Mary wanted to wrap her son in strips of cloth. Jesus makes it easy to do so. No one is excluded from a stable. No one takes His life from Him, He lays it down willingly. How "poor" He became, was thus manifested at the beginning. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus. The manger was the place of the First Supper. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was laid in a manger. That is not the sign. 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. No sooner were the words out of the angel’s mouth — “you will find a baby . The Crusaders took Jerusalem on 6 June 1009. He is so good. I have walked through 65 Advent seasons as a believer in Jesus. Some horizons that expand as you approach. Box 7000Oklahoma City, OK 73153, Email: How solemnly this brings out the world’s estimate of the Christ of God. Even more than 30 years later, when Jesus is talking with the religious leaders they subtly accuse Him of being illegitimate. God had centuries to get ready for this birth. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. He does this because He wants us to come without fear. A wooden relic believed to be from Jesus' manger is seen in the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on Nov. 30, 2019. As long it is not set out in the Bible as mandatory, we are free to think what we wish about Christmas as it is tradition based. With whom is the Lord pleased? The word is related to the French manger, to eat., Prophecy in the NewsP.O. Why were the only witnesses His family, the animals, and shepherds, the lowest people on the social ladder in Israel at the time? But the children. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And what he does with this one word — what God does with this one feeding trough — is enough to make us leap for joy. It was a common corn crib. Perched on a hill at the edge of the Judaean Desert, Bethlehem is the historical place where Jesus was born “in a manger” and is now preserved by the “Church of the Nativity.” It is considered a major Christian holy site and is one of the oldest surviving Christian churches. In other words, God arranged that the most powerful leader in the world would order everyone in the empire to go to the town of their origin to register. If you have ever had the opportunity to visit the town of Bethlehem in Israel, you will find that the place where Jesus was born is nothing like you would imagine. (Luke 2:11) On Friday, the thumb-sized wooden piece was unveiled to worshippers at the Notre Dame church in Jerusalem for a day of celebrations and prayer. Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Already Christ was beginning to feed the multitude in order that, in the words of the Book of Common Prayer, “our sinful bodies may be made clean by His body, and our souls washed through His most precious blood.” No ordinary human being does this. Because Luke says Mary “laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). It is so still. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The Greeks care for the Grotto of the Nativity. For example, Luke uses it in Luke 13:15: The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Even the place of Mary’s delivery expresses this amazing heart. 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. Lord: as in “an angel of the Lord appeared to them,” and “the glory of the Lord shone around them” (Luke 2:9). Each week we bring in guests who are on fire for Jesus and seeking to live the Christian life to the fullest to help us learn how to live abundantly. The Constantinian church was destroyed by Justinian in 530 AD, who built the much larger church that remains today. The Messiah is in a feeding trough! The sign is the manger. He makes Himself easily approachable. He could have born in a palace with all of the glory and riches of the world surrounding Him. Come Let Us Disciple is focused on helping Christians live a better life in Jesus through discipleship.