The Way to the Manger


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Bible reading: Luke 2: 1-20

The shepherds gather together again tonight on the hill, just like the night before and the one before that, dutifully watching over their flock. The coolness of the night makes them huddle close together as they tell stories to one another to keep the eyelids from drooping. There have been many nights that they have become weary with their work, but it is their only livelihood, and their families depend on them, so night after night they go out to the fields to pasture their flock.

But tonight would be a different one, for the Lord has something huge in store for them: they would be the first to receive the good tidings about the birth of the King! They would be the first to see Him!

(Above is my interpretation of the shepherds’ story).

We ask, where does the glory of God shine? That night that the Messiah was born, the glory of God shone not on the streets of the city, but onto the field where the shepherds worked through the night. The angel who brought the glad tidings did not announce The Birth in the city where the people were, but chose a small cluster of shepherds to break the good news to. The glory of God shone around them!

For God operates in the exact opposite the world operates. The God Incarnate chose to be born in a humble manger covered with hay and chose a few poor shepherds to know and proclaim about His birth, because the love of God wants to show that before honor is humility. That love, really, is not about self, but always about beyond self. That pride in the heart brings low, but humility ushers in grace and lifts up.

The poor shepherds, blessed with humble spirits, received the good tidings joyfully and hurried off to see the King that was born. And they saw Him and they left rejoicing and glorifying God, spreading the great news to the people.

For the way to the manger is the way of humility and obedience. The way to the Savior is to just follow the star – His light.

That was the true Light which, coming into the world, gives light to every man. (John 1:9 NKJV)

The way to the manger is to leave the darkness where we dwell and follow as His light leads us. His light leads us to Himself.

Friend, are you weary from all your labors and sleepless nights? Weary of always trying to do it right on your own and always ending up doing it all wrong? Just as what the shepherds did – leave everything behind and just follow the Lord’s light. It will bring you to Himself and to life.

For the way to the manger is the way to life. And the way to life is really death to self.

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. (John 1:4 NIV)

Devotions for a Christ-filled Christmas Day 1: What’s in Your Sock? {Part 1: UNICEF}
Devotions for a Christ-filled Christmas Day 2: What’s in Your Sock? {Part 2: Warm Christmas}
Devotions for a Christ-filled Christmas Day 3: The Goodness of the Lord
Devotions for a Christ-filled Christmas Day 4: Yes and Amen!

This post is linked to Titus 2sdays, Domestically Divine, Women Living Well, Walk with Him Wednesday, Raising Homemakers, Proverbs 31 Thursday, Brag on God Friday, Spiritual Sundays, Sharing His Beauty

4 comments on “The Way to the Manger

  1. Sylvia says:

    Lovely truth. Thank you.

  2. sarah says:

    HI Rina…..yes yes yes to your words and it’s so true that “For God operates in the exact opposite the world operates.” Have a great weekend.

  3. Charlotte says:

    So true, Rina. Our preacher pointed out this morning that when someone says they don’t believe the story of Jesus, he tells them it has to be God. If man was writing the story it would be different. Instead of a stable, man would have God’s son born in a palace. I think that’s a good point.

  4. Pamela says:

    Humility ushers in grace…love that. God’s Son born in a stable wasn’t an accident. He was ushering grace.

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