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Why Was Jesus Born In A Manger?

Why was Jesus born in a stable and placed in a manger?  After all, Jesus, the Son of God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the very Word of God and Creator of All Things, deserves better, doesn’t He?  If Jesus was born in a place befitting His place of power and glory, that place would have to be built for Him, because such a place did not even exist in the time of Christ.  Indeed such a place has never existed.

But why a manger?JesusManger

After much meditation and pondering, I think I have an answer.  If Jesus had been born in a King’s House, only a very small group of people would be able to see Him.  Only the aristocracy, the élite of Jesus’ day.  But Jesus did not come for the élite only, but for every man and woman.  That is why He was born in a place that everyone would be able to enter.

But also note, He was born in the humblest of surroundings.  While it is true that a well off person would be able to come and see Him, doing so would mean that they would have to humble themselves.  It was true then, and it is still true today.  If we wish to see Jesus, we must humble ourselves.

And do you ever wonder at God’s choice of the first people to learn of Jesus?  On the social scale, nobody ranked lower than the shepherd.  And yet, it was to shepherds that God first revealed the greatest event in human history, the birth of The Messiah, The Christ.

Why?

I think God wanted those who are saved to know, you don’t have to be anyone special to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  These shepherds didn’t have degrees in theology, would never pastor a church, and were probably not educated.  And yet, when the angels told them The Good News, they went into the town of Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus, and told everyone they saw of what the angels had told them.  These shepherds were in fact, the very first New Testament evangelists.

 

Friend.  If you were to die tonight, do you know where you would spend eternity?  Are you a good person?  Good enough to get into heaven?  Have you ever told a lie?  Stolen anything?  Have you ever used God’s name as a cuss word?  Jesus said that if we look at another person with lust that we have committed adultery in our hearts, and if we ever hated another person, we have committed murder.  Have you ever thought of yourself as a lying, thieving blaspheming adulterer, and possibly a murderer as well?  If you have broken these commandments, and I’m pretty sure we all have, that is what we are.

And these are but five of the Ten Commandments, and we will all be judged by our adherence to them on judgement day.  If God is just, and He is, then we must pay the price for braking His law, and the penalty for breaking the Ten Commandments is to spend eternity in hell.

But God is not only a Just Judge, He is also a Merciful Savior.  God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  And so, God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to live a perfect life, fully in accordance with the Ten Commandments.  But then He was crucified, paying the price, not for His own sins, because He had none to pay for, but for your sins and mine.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

Do you want to be saved friend?  Do you want to live forever in a place called heaven with Jesus and with all of His saints?

Then you must first repent of your sins, that means that you acknowledge your sinful behaviors and renounce them, turning away from them, and turning toward God.  You must then acknowledge Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection, and believe that His sacrifice on the cross pays your full sin debt, and know that if you do that, that He gives you the gift of eternal life.

If you have done this, send me a message telling me of your decision to follow Jesus.  And read your Bible every day, it is God’s will and direction for your life, and do what the Bible teaches. 

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December 24, 2015 - Posted by | Birth of Jesus, Christmas, Christmas Story | , ,

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