Advent Day 15: In a Manger

Tuesday, December 15th

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their
flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” – Luke 2:8-12 (NIV)

Imagine the angel of the Lord appearing to you and announcing that the Savior has been born to you, but immediately following up that phrase saying you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manager! The Savior we have been waiting for in the form of baby? Let alone lying in a manger. Jesus was not the king or savior his people were expecting. Jesus coming in the form of a baby is exactly what his people needed. He humbled himself to teach us so much more than his great power and might, but also his humility and love. One of my favorite songs is “Winter Snow” and it says “You could’ve come like a forest fire, With the power of Heaven in Your flame. But you came like a winter snow. Quiet and soft and slow.” This Christmas as we prepare our hearts for Jesus’ coming, reflect on his humility and love. Remember that while Jesus could have come as a grown and mighty king, he still chose to come as a baby.

Author Ian Jeffries

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