Away in a Manger

When you read of the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger, what imagery comes to your mind? At different sites in Israel you can see still see mangers such as this one at Caesarea:

Manger at Caesarea. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

 

It is staggering to the imagination to think of the Creator who made the universe and all things in it, becoming flesh!  Eternal Deity became human! Born in Bethlehem to the virgin Mary, a feeding trough was His bassinet.

As Deity (only), the Eternal Word could not die. He had to become flesh in order to be a substitute offering for the sins of the world (John 1:29; Heb. 2:10-18).

It’s also interesting to consider who first heard the news that Jesus was born. It wasn’t Caesar Augustus, the ruler of the Roman world. Nor was it the High Priest, or the Sanhedrin. It wasn’t someone rich or famous. The first to hear were shepherds, unnamed shepherds, just common people (Luke 2:8-20). Aren’t you glad that God cares about common people?

It is impossible that we should praise Him too much for His love and provisions. The plan of the Father for Jesus to come into our world for His redemptive work is referred to by such terms as “eternal counsel and foreknowledge,” and “before the foundation of the world” (Acts 2:23; 1 Pet. 1:20; Eph. 3:11).

Here is a manger we photographed at Megiddo. Hopefully today’s photos will help you to visualize the kind of setting the shepherds saw on that night they would never forget. This photo was taken the same day as the photo above (Caesarea Maritima). You can tell it had been raining earlier.

Manger at Megiddo. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

On a personal note, we have a new grand-baby born Sun. PM, a boy, making a total of 6 grandchildren for my wife and me. We are thankful to God for His many blessings.

 

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5 Responses to Away in a Manger

  1. beulah Tooley says:

    Congratulations on the birth of you sixth grandchild! Hope pictures will follow soon…… I am so very happy for you and Linda.

  2. Lynn A. York says:

    What wonderful news about the baby!

  3. geraldine says:

    GREETINGS! I WAS SEARCHING FOR A PICTURE OF A REAL MANGER TO SEE WHAT ONE LOOKED LIKE AND I FOUND YOUR PICTURE. I CAN’T FIND THE WORDS TO EXPLAIN HOW I FEEL SEEING THIS BUT I UNDERSTAND NOW WHY THE LORD WAS BORN IN A STABLE AND WAS LAID IN A THROUGH. IT’S FITTING THAT HE WAS BORN IN A STABLE AS HE WAS TO BE THE HOLY LAMB FOR SLAUGHTER TO ATTONE FOR OUR SINS ONCE AND FOR ALL INSTEAD OF THE ACTUAL ANIMAL THAT WAS USED FOR THIS PURPOSE. OH GOD! HOW CAN I EVER REPAY THIS SACRIFICE? MY DARLING SAVIOUR I CAN ONLY BELIEVE AND LOVE YOU WITH MY HEART, SOUL AND MIND AS YOU HAVE ASKED. MY LORD AND KING, I WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL AS LONG AS I HAVE BREATH IN ME. THANK YOU!!! …. AND THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS PICTURE AND A MERRY AND WONDERFUL BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
    ….what an awesome plan when God became a man! He loves us, He’s with us, and He’s for us. Amen and Amen!!!!

  4. […] posts on Jesus’ becoming flesh and being placed in a manger may be seen here and here. I continue to stand amazed at the thought of our eternal Creator becoming flesh, and having a […]

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