What an appalling thought, a new born baby in a stable, in a manger, surrounded by animals--- germs, nasty, smelly! Babies are suppose to be in clean, lovely, pleasant environment. But don't forget, this was no ordinary baby. This baby was the Lamb of God that would take away the sins of the world. What better place for a lamb to be born than in a stable.
"And this shall be a sign unto you". The angel was speaking specifically to the shepherds that night and told them how they would know that this was indeed the Christ child when they saw Him. Today the swaddling clothes, the stable, the manger, are all signs to us that this was the Lamb of God, the Christ child, the Savior and that we don't have to continue to go from place to place looking for another one.
"And this shall be a sign unto you". There have many signs throughout time concerning the Savior of the world. There was a sign that was given in the garden when Adam sinned-- God killed an animal and made clothes with it to cover their nakedness. There was a sign when Abraham saw the ram in the thicket that became the sacrifice instead of Isaac. There was sign when the blood was applied to the doorposts in Egypt on the first Passover. There was sign when a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes was placed in a manger. All these signs led up to one final sign-- the cross upon which Jesus the Lamb of God was sacrificed for the sins of mankind.
The shepherds at His birth saw the sign of the Lamb wrapped in swaddling clothes and declared that this was the Christ. The centurion at His death saw the sign of the cross, the earthquake and all that had been done and declared that this was the Son of God. They each saw a sign and believed. Jesus said blessed are those who believe having not seen. We may not have been there beholding the Christ in the manger, we may not have been there looking upon Jesus on the cross, but we have a sign as well that causes us to declare that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the Lamb that was slain to take away our sins. That sign is His word and His love. His word is a greater evidence and His love is a stronger witness than these even had. Will you believe this "sign" if you have not already done so?
Have a great day. God's word and love is the greatest sign.
For further reading:
John 20:29; 1:29,36
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