As I was sitting in church this past Sunday, my attention kept going to the manger that was set ever so carefully on the stage. I had noticed that the manger held a baby. As soon as church was over, I wanted to get a closer look at the baby.
Isn’t that what we do with babies? We want to take a close look.
I suppose it is hard to imagine Baby Jesus being a fussy Baby or a crying Baby. Every nativity scene I have seen depicts Baby Jesus as a peaceful Baby. If we look careful, we will find the Peace of Jesus, not just in the manger but in our hearts as well.
I believe that the shepherds understood who they saw when they took a close look at the Baby in the manger that very night that He was born. The angels had already revealed to them what they would find; Peace had arrived and goodwill towards mankind…
(Luke 2:11) “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.”
How the shepherds responded to the angels announcement is exactly how I want to respond. The thought of what the manger represents should propel us to not only seek Him, but praise Him as well. If we would just take a closer look this Christmas, we may find the peace and goodwill that we continually seek and it can all be found in the face of the Baby that is found swaddled in the manger.
Next time you see a manger, take a closer look and see if you don’t see the Peace of God. May it not just be found in the manger but may the Peace of God be found in your heart as well.
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