The ‘Origin’ of the Manger Babe

25 Dec

Comedian Rhonda Rhea says one of her favorite holiday inventions is the elastic waistband. LOL ~ I imagine most of us would agree.

I (Dawn) got to thinking about some of the fun inventions that surround our Christmas celebrations.

There are many holiday inventions that are detailed in “7 Christmas Inventions and their Surprising Origins” by Ilya Leybovich. Ilya explains the origins of Christmas lights, tinsel, the candy cane, adhesive tape and wrapping paper, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, and the BB gun (that air rifle made famous in the 1983 film classic, A Christmas Story) ~ all fun reading. I (Dawn) like to think about the origins of things; because I often  learn new things. I didn’t know, for example, that tree tinsel was originally extruded from real silver!

CrossShadowing-MangerMany people today might be surprised to know the origin of the babe in the manger. They know the story, perhaps, about Mary and Joseph, found in Luke 2:1-20 and Matthew 1:18-25. But they don’t know the true origins of this child who would grow up to be the Savior of the world.

The Bible says that Jesus existed long before His birth in Bethlehem. The following are a few of the scriptures about the pre-existence of Jesus Christ:

  • John 1:1-3 ~ Jesus is the Creator God.
  • John 8:58 ~ Jesus told the Jews (John 8:58),  “I tell you the truth … before Abraham was born, I Am!” (This “I Am” was the phrase reserved for God Himself; Jesus was claiming to be the eternal God.)
  • Galatians 4:4 ~ Jesus was God’s Son, sent forth from the Father in human form.
  • Colossians 2:9 ~ All of the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Jesus.
  • John 1:14; 17:5 ~ Jesus, the Son of God (God, the Son) was “made flesh” but retained His glory.
  • John 6:62; 16:28 ~ Jesus said he would ascend up to where he was before ~ before He was born ~ and return to the Father.
  • Revelation 13:8 ~ Jesus was “slain from the foundation of the world;” God planned that Jesus would become a man to make atonement (make forgiveness possible) for the sins of mankind.

The beginning of man’s redemption was not the cross of Christ, but rather, the Father’s plan ~ before the world began ~ to send His precious Son to be our Savior.

So whenever you see a little manger scene, or any kind of nativity, take a moment to thank God that it didn’t all begin in Bethlehem. We celebrate the coming of the God-Man, Jesus, from His home in eternity past ~ and the Father’s incredible gift of grace.

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