MANGER: At least most of us think of our humble beginnings in a nice, warm comfortable bassinet. Now contrast that image with what happened over 2,000 years ago in small town called Bethlehem. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was born in cold, damp stable with dirty, nasty farm animals. He was swaddled in milk rags and placed in a manger because there was no other place for them to sleep for the night.
LUKE 2:7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them (NLT).
Have you ever taken the time to research what a manger actually is? I have. It’s a long open box (food trough). Animals eat their food from it. Whatever you believe, it’s certainly not the kind of image most of us think about when we think of our own children or grandchildren and how blessed they are to come into the world in such pristine circumstances. Dear friends, when you lay your head down tonight on your soft, comfortable pillow and close your eyes to sleep, take time to remember how your Savior (and mine) came into this world in such harsh, difficult conditions. We all should be very grateful! Praise to the Lord for He is good and His love endures forever.
LUKE 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (ESV).