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On Sunday I share bible verses, bible journaling and cards : Today in honor of advent Sunday the Journey continues with my page highlighting this announcement :
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
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A sign to you . . . a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. An angel of God had already appeared with the announcement of Jesus’ birth. Shortly in this passage, a heavenly host will light up the Judean skies and will fill the air with their praise (vv. 13-14). What further need is there for a sign? One is tempted to see God’s sense of humor here: an infant who was supposed to be the Messiah born in a feeding trough!
The sign was not merely to help the shepherds find the Baby. Luke does not tell us how the shepherds were to find the right manger; presumably, there were hundreds of them. The point of the sign is to confirm to them that this One is indeed the promised Messiah. The shepherds could have been easily disappointed with the primitive conditions of this birth. Here was the Messiah born in surroundings strangely familiar to them--a manger. Could it be that the Messiah was at home with lowly shepherds rather than emperors and kings?