A Manger Transformed – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:8-12
Key Verse: Luke 2:12
“And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
If it wasn’t for the Christmas story, most of us wouldn’t know what a manger was, or even looked like. It was a feed trough for cattle. There was nothing notable about a manger; it was roughly constructed, nothing finished about it. In the day and age that Joseph and Mary lived, the manger wouldn’t be anything special or noteworthy.
But think about what happened to this crude piece of furniture; it became the bed for Jesus. All of a sudden it was transformed into a notable part of the landscape. No Christmas scene would be complete without it. People take note of a manger; it’s the place that Jesus first laid. The manger has become a symbol for the whole world that Jesus came as a baby to this earth. Jesus transformed the manger from an insignificant, overlooked feed trough, to a special part of Christmas that we are still talking about in our day and age.
The manger should remind us what Jesus came to do: transform. He wants to transform people in greater ways than He did for that manger. He was born in a manger to offer a born again experience to every person who would believe in Him. A fresh start for a broken person, transformed by God’s Son Jesus! (Continued)
Father, thank You for making the manger special and for turning my life into something I could never have done on my own. In Jesus’s name, amen.