The 12 Verses of Christmas #11

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:6-7

To me, these verses represent the classic Christmas story.  Luke chapter 2 is the chapter that my family reads on Christmas morning every year.  In these verses, the virgin Mary delivers a baby in a manger.  But it is not just any baby.  It is the Christ-child, the baby Jesus.  God Himself in human form.  I can not read these verses without imagining what this scene might have been like.

There was no room for this family in the inn.  Much has been made of that statement.  So often, there is no room for Him in our “inns.”  Apparently, a manger, or a trough used for feeding animals, was available.  It was there, in that most lowly place, that the Saviour was laid.

I don’t know what the scene was like.  There is actually very little said about it in the Scriptures.  These few verses are all we have.  It was a lowly place.  There were no earthly kings in attendance.  There was no human fanfare.  From what we read, it was Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, probably some animals, and, later, some shepherds.  As it said in Isaiah 53, “there is no beauty that we should desire him.”  It’s a simple, lowly birth.

But just imagine.  Jesus Christ, the Lord was there.  God incarnate was there, wrapped in swaddling clothes laid in a manger.  The salvation of mankind was there amongst the animals.  The creator of the earth, lying in a manger made of wood that He created.  What an amazing story!  Isaiah spoke truly when he said “Who hath believed our report?”  This report is a hard one to believe, but we believe every word of it!

2 responses to this post.

  1. So thankful that this was recorded for us to read and believe! What an amazing story indeed. God bless you and Merry Christmas!


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