Sounds of the Season Devotional
You have much in common with a manger. Don’t think so? Let me show you. One of our favorite carols begins this way:
Away in a manger no crib for a bed…
Unlike the common nativity images, the manger in which Jesus was laid was most likely hewn from stone. The pictures in this post show some great examples of stone mangers. And if you think about it, a very arid region doesn’t produce a great deal of wood. If you fed sheep there, what would you use to hold the fodder?
At Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, He told the Pharisees the very stones would cry out if He were to tell the crowd to be quiet. That was the focus of my sermon yesterday. If rocks were forced to cry out, what would they say?
One of the stones in question was the manger. If it could speak to us, what important things would it tell us? There are several statements you might expect, and one or two that will probably surprise you. In the expected category, that manger might say:
- I saw prophecy fulfilled!
- I saw the only virgin birth in history!
- I saw God be born in human flesh!
- I heard the cries of Emmanuel (God with us)!
- I got to hold the Baby!
- If you’ll believe, the Baby will hold you!
Sounds of the Season – Application
Whether you’ve thought in these terms or not, the list above isn’t necessarily surprising. However, that stone manger reminds us of something very important. Notice the fifth item: I got to hold the Baby. We know the joy and excitement of holding our newborns for the first time. And that is what I want to put into your thinking every time you hear Away in a Manger. Why?
You and I, as believers in Jesus Christ, are just like that manger. We get to hold the Baby – the King of Kings. Paul reminds us in Corinthians that we are the earthen vessels into which God has put His treasure. Christ lives in us. We do in fact hold the Baby whose birth we now celebrate. And it is our Father’s intent that we share with the world the last thing that manger might say:
If you’ll believe, the Baby will hold you!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Sounds of the Season Series: Previous Posts
Kings – Video Post
Bread – Video Post
Joy to the World – Video Post