Look Into the Manger

Based On: Hebrews 9:1-9

Have you had a chance to look into the manger?  I don’t mean the manger in our chancel.  I’m talking about the manger in Bethlehem 2000 years ago.  In a figurative way have you looked into that manger this Christmas season and considered who it is you see there?

There in that feeding trough you see a baby – a small, fragile, weak infant who needs someone else to take care of him.  Just like any other baby he doesn’t look like a threat to anyone.  In fact, have you ever come across a baby who you thought might hurt you?  No, I didn’t think so.  Perhaps that is why this world is much more willing to celebrate Christmas than Easter.  Jesus as a little baby is not very threatening to anyone, but a Jesus who dies and comes back to life is someone with power – someone you better pay attention to.

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The Word Made Flesh

Based on:  John 1:1-14

Dear Christian, when you go home this morning, celebrate Christmas!  Celebrate by giving gifts because you know the gift God has given you.  Celebrate by spending time with family knowing God has made you part of his family.  Celebrate by eating good food remembering the marriage feast God has promised you.  But as you celebrate may you never forget why you celebrate Christmas – that when Christ was born God showed his love for us.

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