In the time of Jesus’ birth mangers were basically just feeding troughs for animals. They were simple wooden structures that held hay or other food for cattle, cows, sheep, goats, and other barn animals. It was a utilitarian object with no special significance than its function to serve the needs of the animals.
But Jesus’ birth, His presence in the manger, made it a throne of worship. By it the shepherds came to find Jesus. As you will recall the angel said to them:
“And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12
“And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.” Luke 2:16
Why was this a sign to the shepherds? It is not known how many babies were born that night or where the mothers and fathers may have lodged with them. But this particular child was to be found in a specific place (the city of David-BETHLEHEM) wrapped in a specific manner (SWADDLING CLOTHES) and lying in a specific object (A MANGER).
They were not sent on a random search to find any child, but they were sent to find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. This babe would be The SAVIOR, who is CHRIST THE LORD.
As the angel pointed them to a specific child of a particular circumstance so too, the Holy Spirit calls us today to seek specifically for God, for His kingdom, to seek His Word to follow after His Spirit. In Him only is Salvation, and in Him only is our peace.
The important message here is that they were not told to look for the child in some high and lofty place but in the humbleness and ignobility of a manger, because on that night the glory of God came to abide with mankind and begin His journey on earth from the lowliness of a stall where whosoever was willing could come and worship Him.
The message of the manger for us today is that God is filling all in all. From the lowliest manger to the highest and loftiest throne of Heaven He can be found. Emmanuel, God is with us.
His name is called Emmanuel
God with us, Revealed in us,
His name is called Emmanuel.”
Words and music by Bob McGee, 1976 © C. A. Music
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
Wherever you are today, in whatever circumstance you find yourself, Jesus Christ is as near to you as the mention of His name. Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
“And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Joel 2:32
As you acknowledge Him in the midst of your need, whatever that need might be, He will come and bring His presence to bear on your circumstance to heal, to provide, to deliver, to comfort and to save you. You are loved and God wants you know today, right now, how much He loves and cares for you.
Call on Him and He will hear and He will answer you.