The Messiah was Born in a Manger

(LukeThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » 2:8-20)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

Eagle RockMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » Lutheran ChurchThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... »Los AngelesMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... », Ca“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... »

December 25, 2013

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INTRODUCTION

Let me ask the mothersMother’s Value Far Exceeds the Finest Jewels. Read more ... » in this congregation. When you were pregnantThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... », did you preparePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » for the coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » of your babies? Like buying clothesWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... », saving more moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » for hospitalization, etc.?

Modern parents“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... » nowadays prepare clothes, materials and money before the birthYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » of their childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ».

Nowadays we have “baby showers” even though the baby is not yet born. It is enough for them to knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » the sexuality of the fetus so that they could include in their baby shower invitation that they are expecting a boyIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » or a girl.

I remember my wifeA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » Merla when she was pregnant with my two kids: Pao, 22, and Sha, 16. She was very carefulThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » in carrying them. Since she did not like them to get virus or any kind of sicknessLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » while they were inside her belly. She was not drinking soda, she had proper diet and sleepThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... ». We even saveThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » more money for the hospitalization and milk. I admired her mothering for our kids.

Now, concerning our passage. You might wonder why Maria and JosephThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » did not prepare for a goodThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » motel for the coming of their sonThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... »? I believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » they were ready“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » but as the preceding passage says:

Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world (would mean all the areas under Roman rule) should be enrolled/registered (for the purpose of taxation).

This was the first enrollment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

And all went to enroll themselves, everyone to his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David;

to enroll himself with Mary, who was betrothed to him, being great with child.

And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered (Luke 2:1-6).

So because of the influx of people to Nazareth due to registrationGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... », a lot of motels were occupied. Besides probably they did not expect that JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » would be coming so soon! Since both of them were virgins“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » or did not yet experience to have babies. Or perhaps they did not know that GodThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » had different script for the Nativity drama. Anyways they got a stable (houseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » for the sheepThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... »), and Joseph became the midwifeGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » of MaryLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » and Jesus was born!

Indeed, Jesus was born inside the stable, and he had no placeThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » to lay down. So Joseph asked the sheep to lend him their manger (plate of the sheep). And he laid down Jesus in the manger.

 LESSONS FROM THE MANGER

God let it happened that Jesus was born in a manger. So I prefer to reflect on the manger.

(1) The manger symbolizes the humility of Jesus, the Messiah. God may giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » a good place to stay for the familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » but He let it happened to teach us humilityPracticing Piety in Front of People. Read more ... ». Humility is giving upA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » ourselves. Giving up our ego, for the sake of highest good. We can do humility now if we surrender ourselves to Jesus. When we surrender ourselves to our saviorIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... », he will changeThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » us, he will make us humbleThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... ».

(2) It symbolizes contentment of Jesus’ family. In the situation of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, that’s the situation of survival. The situation of comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » what may. The situation of surrendering to the powerThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » of God. Have you experience like that? We have our own goals, we struggle, we pursue, we try everything, but to no avail, then it come to the point of surrender and we say God I did everything but I can’t. Let your will be done.

(3) It’s not important what you are now, but the important thing is your future. Jesus was born in a manger but he did not stay in the manger. He struggled, he pursued his missions“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » and he was victorious in His missions on earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » to save us from all our sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... ».

Right now we are experiencing some challenges in lifeThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... ». Especially here in AmericaIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... ». Some of us do experience to have no money at times, no food, no shelterThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... », no jobs, no friends, but God is wonderful. He leads us to “green pasture” as the Psalmist sings.

CONCLUSION

Let me tell you a true storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... ».

A few years ago, Courtney’s car broke down.  He managed to get it to a repair shop, where the mechanic told him that it would cost $308 to fix.

He was just a poorLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... » college student, and had only a few dollars to his nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ».  He called his mom, crying, and told her what was happening.

As she was going through financial difficulties herself, he was not expecting she would be able to help him.

But that very morning at work, as it turns out, she had been given a completely unexpected bonus.  It was the first timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » ever, after 30 years of employment at the same place, she had been given a monetary bonus.

The amount was exactly $300!  Courtney said, “I know this was the LordThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » working a miracle in my life!”

Indeed, God helps us in mysterious ways, unexpected ways, or unbelievable ways. Let’s recall PsalmPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » 23. David confessed the following:

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he guideth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Do you believe that? 

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