A Barn, A Manger and Some Shepherds, Maybe It's Not So Strange After All
Amazing isn't it?
Amazing that the God of the Universe, The King of Kings sent His son to be born of a virgin, in a stable and had Him put in a manager and then sent the angels to tell the lowly shepherds?
Over and over again we see God work with the farmer.
Remember His first creation was a garden and then the farmer.
Then thousands of years later at the birth of Christ, God still worked with the farmer.
We're not told his name but we're told of his barn.
We're not told who the shepherds were but we're told of their flocks and fields.
We're told of the care they were giving their sheep.
What is it about the heart of a farmer that might make them God's choice to work with?
Could it be that a farmer more than almost any other worker always has a real sense of his dependence?
A farmer or a shepherd spends a lot of time watching the sky.
They know full well where their help, their crops and yes even their salvation comes from.
Maybe the angels came to the shepherds because they would be looking?
They would be aware of the night, of the sky. They would be about the business of looking out for their sheep.
They would be looking to the sky for signs of weather, for a sign of what might be in store for their flock and how they should prepare.
Little did they know the sign that would appear that night would be like no other.
As it turned out it wasn't a sign about the weather, it wasn't a sign about where weather conditions would be best for their flocks, but it was a sign.
A sign about a lamb.
The Lamb of God had been born.
He had been born in a stable.
He was placed in a manger.
Placed in a hay or grain manger.
The Lamb of God, the Bread of Life, The Water of Life and He was born and placed in a feed trough.
Maybe it doesn't seem so crazy now.
Maybe when you think about it you see it was the perfect place.
What better place for the Savior, the Lamb of God to be born?
I know the stable wasn't like our modern day barns but we can still use them as reminders this season.
A Barn, a Manger and Some Shepherds, Maybe It's Not So Strange After All
When you go to the barn over the next few nights, or even when you drive by one, just stop in your mind for a few minutes and think.
Think about the sounds and the warmth of a barn on a cold night.
Think about how glad you are when you get inside that door and the cold wind is blocked from you. Think back to how in the Book of John He tells us He is the door.
Think about the soft light and the contented sounds.
Think about a barn long ago, think about the birth of a lamb, The Lamb of God.
Think about how He knocks the cold winds of life and warms us, how He comforts us, feeds us and makes us content.
Think about how it makes perfect sense that Our Lord was born in a Stable.
The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
Luke 2:6-14 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you; You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom HIs favor rests."