Thursday, December 22, 2011
Verse for Today - Luke 2:6-7 (click to read blog)
"So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. "
Read all of Luke 2
The previous verses told us that Mary and Joseph had traveled to Bethlehem because of the census. While there, she gave birth to the incarnate (in the flesh) Son of God... the second person of the Trinity. That a man could be a real God, we could never believe. That Almighty God could enter humanity through the gestation process, that we can and must believe... as the Angel Gabriel had said to Mary in Luke 1, "For with God all things are possible."
Verse 7 then identifies the place in which Jesus was born and why. Jesus was likely born in a stable and feeding trough ( manger ) was used as a bed, as there was on room for them in the inn. Simple reality...there were lots of people in Bethlehem for the census. But typological or representative as well. Listen to how John speaks of this reality in John 1:
10 "He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him."