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Most pastors have meagre income and I am one of them. As my wife wanted to save more money for a rainy day, she borrowed her friend’s crib for our newborn baby. Although I knew some first-time parents who bought fancy cribs and gadgets for their babies, I wasn’t sorry for my little one; the reason was that at the birth of Jesus Christ, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, He didn’t even have a decent crib. God chose a humble feeding trough as a crib for the newborn King.
A few things and events can be used to epitomise the mission of Jesus Christ – crib, cross, His First and Second Coming. At the first advent of Jesus Christ, a lowly feeding trough became His crib. During his days on earth, Jesus took the form of a slave (Philippians 2:6–8). Most importantly, Jesus understood very well that from His crib to His cross, He had to accomplish God’s mission of redemption. Let’s ponder Luke 2:11–12.
11The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:11–12 NLT)
Let’s pose a question to God. “Dear Jesus Christ, could you please help me to appreciate the things that You have done for me?”
Let’s practice what you learnt. Pray that you can appreciate the things that Jesus Christ has done for you.
Let’s proclaim to others about your experiential knowledge. Share with a seeker of Christ about your new understanding on the Nativity of Jesus.