The Savior is Born! Lk 2:1-7

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:1‭-‬7

Mary probably would have rubbed the baby Jesus with salt and oil, and wrapped him in soft strips of cloth she had brought along for that purpose (swaddling). And then she laid him in the manger.

God had a very special plan for the place and manner of His Son’s birth that only He could have arranged. When Luke refers to Jesus being laid in “a manger”, some believe it would be better translated, “the manger”. The manger at Migdal Eder called the “Watchtower of the Flock”, at Bethlehem where the sacrificial lambs were raised.

The prophet Micah foretold, “As for you, watchtower of the flock,stronghold of Daughter Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.” Micah 4:8

Migdal Eder was the place in Bethlehem where flocks of well-taken-care-of sheep were raised for sacrifice. There are many who believe that is where Jesus was born, and laid in the manger. Could it have even been the cave where the Passover lambs were birthed?

Although mangers were made out of different materials, the ones at Migdal Eder may have been made out of stone. There would be a hollowed out space in the middle to place a previously inspected, perfect newborn lamb in, after it was wrapped in strips of cloth to keep it from harming itself. After it had calmed down, it would be taken out of the manger to find its mother for feeding. The lambs had a very special purpose, and were treated accordingly.

It should come as no surprise that the God Who created the Garden of Eden, and the world with all its variety and beauty, would paint so vivid a picture as He did at the birth of His Son.

So, in fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy from Micah 5:2, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, though His parents lived in Nazareth.

He was born of a virgin, also in fulfillment of Messianic prophecy (Is. 7:14), though God provided someone to function as Jesus’ father and Mary’s husband in all ways but one. Mary and Joseph did not have sex until after Jesus was born (Matt. 1:24-25).

Mary and Joseph were both from the lineage of David (Matt. 1 and Luke 3). Luke detailed Mary’s line of ancestry, where Matthew’s was of His step-father’s, Joseph, fulfilling this prophecy. (Jer. 23:5-6).

And that is only the beginning, as prophecies were fulfilled throughout His childhood and lifetime.

Taken from January 21, 2017

and December 12, 2017

Categories: About Jesus, Christmas Story

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