The Miracle of Christmas: The Miracle of The Manger

Luke 2:10-12
10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a [d]manger.”
Imagine getting the good news that a King has been born. This is no ordinary King and his conception was also not ordinary because he was born of a virgin mother. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Prophets had prophesied hundreds of years ago about his birth and they had declared that he would be called, Wonderful, counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of peace. The bearer of this news to you is not even a human being but an angel straight from heaven.
Now tell me, if you were not directed on where to go to find this newborn king, where is the most likely place you would go looking for him?
The Palace of course, because he is royalty right?
That is not the location the shepherds were directed to go. They were told that the sign for them would be a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.
I cannot even imagine the kind of questions that Mary probably had when she wrapped this baby in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger. A manger was a feeding trough for animals not the kind of place to put a newborn baby, meaning this baby was born somewhere around animals. There might have been other babies born in Bethlehem that night, and they may have been wrapped in swaddling clothes, but no other child would have been laid in a manger.
It is hard to imagine that in that manger lay the creator of all things, the mighty God, the prince of peace, King of kings, and Lord of lords. The savior of humanity was laying in that manger. It is amazing that even in his coming he identified with the lowly by being born in such humble surroundings.
Can you imagine what Mary and Joseph must have felt when the shepherds came calling and narrated all that the angels told them? The bible says that Mary pondered all these things in her heart.
I am sure when she laid that baby in the manger she had no idea the significance of that act and how God would use it as a sign to confirm to the shepherds and even us today that this baby was all that the prophets and the angels said he would be.
May God use the seemingly insignificant things in your life as a sign of his Lordship over your life.
Amen.
Reflections
Has God ever used a seemingly insignificant thing in your life to show forth his glory? What was it and what happened?
What other examples of seemingly insignificant things did God use in the Bible to show forth his glory?
What lessons can you learn from these examples?
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