THE THRILL OF HOPE, THE WEARY WORLD REJOICES
Monday, December 19, 2022
Read: Luke 2:1-7
Away in a Manger
We all know the story of the Nativity, “little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay,” with Mary and Joseph nearby and the animals keeping watch. This scene has been featured on Christmas cards thru out the ages. As Christians we have seen and read this precious story many times. Children love it, as they act in Christmas plays in Sunday school performances all over the world. What excitement and joy we experience seeing the new baby Jesus!
However, let us look at this a little closer at the events of this trip. Mary and Joseph have travelled for days from Nazareth to Bethlehem to register for the census. A mandatory trip of 70 miles or more on a donkey and Mary is pregnant! What an incredulous journey! Not knowing how events were going to unfold, their emotions must have been high. They must have been anxious, hungry, tried and cold when they arrived with nowhere to stay. No room in the Inn.
Joseph, after arriving in Bethlehem, and finding no accommodations must have been concerned. Mary has complete faith and trust in God. He has everything worked out. God is in control. Joseph is doing his best. They are given a stable. Mary has to prepare for the greatest delivery in mankind. The Holy Birth of Jesus the Christ!!
In this Advent season, as we await the coming of Christ the Messiah, we are reminded of His birth. The birth of the One who changed the world in the most dramatic manner in the last 2000 plus years. We remember the scene in the stable…..simple, humble surroundings. The Prince of Peace enters the world without elaborate dwellings.
It does not end there, we are also reminded of the Life, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, who brings Hope, Love and Redemption to the world.
O Little Town of Bethlehem.
Thank you God for giving us your most precious gift.