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7 She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the guestroom.
12 “This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger.”
16 They went quickly and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.
“What do people know about Jesus’ birth? The manger–the Christmas crib. The most famous animal feeding-trough in all history…. Why has Luke mentioned [the manger] three times in this story? Because the feeding-trough, appropriately enough, was the sign to the shepherds. It told them which baby they were looking for….it was the shepherds who were told who this child was. This child is the saviour, the Messiah, the Lord. The manger isn’t important in itself. It’s a signpost, a pointing finger, to the identity and task of the baby boy who’s lying in it.”*
Today’s Insights blog was chapter 25, “The Meaning of the Manger,” from The Journey: A Season of Reflections, by Adam Hamilton. Copyright © 2011 by Abingdon Press, and available on our website for 24 hours by permission of Abingdon Press. If you’d like to buy the entire book of reflections, you can click here for a direct link to the Cokesbury sale page, as well as other Journey resources.
King Jesus, as I remember you lying in that unlikely animal feeding trough, remind me that whatever my human status, I am an unlikely person to receive your forgiving mercy and empowering spirit. I celebrate your birth with humility and gratitude. Amen.
* Wright, N. T. Luke for Everyone (New Testament for Everyone) (p. 21-22). SPCK. Kindle Edition.
** Richard B. Vinson, study note on Luke 2:12 in The CEB Study Bible. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2013, p. 109 NT.
*** Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, introductory note to Luke 2 in The CEB Women’s Bible. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2016, p. 1290.