Phil 2:5-8 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Come to the Manger… This month we have been looking more closely at those who came to the manger: What brought them there. What obstacles they faced. What we can learn for our own journey to the presence of God. Joseph & Mary both had fears & confusion to overcome. Both came to trust God’s purpose for their lives.
There is another who came to the manger whose path was quite different. Only he could have taken it. His path is so unique that it is hard for us to identify with it. And yet, it should move our hearts most of all. It appears that he had no choice in the matter but in fact there were some very serious choices that led Him there. He was perhaps the most intentional of all who were there.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
In invite you to think deeply about Jesus’ path to the manger. Recognizing it is critical to understanding His identity, His heart & His purpose. My hope is that a deeper understanding of Him will lead to a deeper appreciation & response to Him.
Take time to slowly read John 1:1-18 and Hebrews 2:14-18. Ask yourself, What did it mean for Jesus to come to the Manger & what could it mean for us?
Jesus walked through barriers by taking on flesh to give true life to all who would receive Him by faith. His path to the manger opens our path to eternal life. Please join us this week as we let Him speak deeply to our hearts.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.