Christmas Landscape

The stable was a clear introduction God wanted: Jesus wasn’t coming to live in luxury

The Stable
A Farm Scene – Part 1

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-7

Key Verse: Luke 2:7

She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

There are differing opinions on the circumstances of Jesus’s birth. The Bible tells us two things. One, there was no inn or lodging for Joseph and Mary. Secondly, Jesus was wrapped in strips of cloth and laid in a manger. Anything else that we might talk about is speculation. Over the years, most assume that Jesus was born in a stable, which is deduced from the two facts that we do know.

We’ve been talking about the landscape of Christmas; things we see when we first look at this story. Why a stable? What was in God’s mind when this environment was selected? We believers would know that God could have done better—much better—if He wanted the world to get a different first impression. The stable may have seemed like Plan B to Joseph and Mary, but it was Plan A for God; God had a message that He wanted the world to get. The stable was a clear introduction God wanted: Jesus wasn’t coming to live in luxury, surrounded by servants to cater to His every need. No, Jesus would be for all people, facing the real world with all of its challenges.

Jesus came to relate to you—to your world. Your life is hard and messy at times. You feel that Plan A hasn’t worked out for your life—Jesus understands! Jesus came so you can be assured He gets you and your life.

Father, I am amazed at Your plan of salvation. I praise You for Jesus and all He meant and means to our world. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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