Away With the Manger
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 2:7
What a humble birthplace for the King of glory to enter into humanity and to be born into this sin-sick world! A dirty stall, in a cattle feeding trough with hay for bedding! What an incredible God we have! Far away, in a manger, Jesus came into this world for us! Do you enjoy singing the Christmas Carol “Away in A Manger?” I enjoy singing it along with all the other wonderful carols we have.
Today, it seems, the most accurate phrase could be: “Away with the Manger!” Many have attempted and continue to try to remove Christ out of Christmas. Fake substitutes for gift-giving, like a fat man with reindeer is just one example. Anything that diverts our attention from Jesus is a cheap substitute for what Christmas is really all about. People are trying to get “away” from what Christmas is all about!
Praise the Lord there are a few who still know that Christmas is about Christ. When you hear the song: “Away in a Manger” remember the tremendous sacrifice, and incredible love that Jesus has for us. Be encouraged to use the word “Christmas” so people know what special day you are celebrating. Lift up the name of Christ in your conversation as you greet and speak with people this season. Yes, Jesus came – in a manger – the story remains true – He came for us, He came for you!