The Christmas story has an odd twist to it. It was expected that when Messiah came, the resurrection of the dead would take place, the earth would be transformed, and the false gods would be put down.
The Son of David did come, and the resurrection from the dead did happen, but not in the way anyone expected it to happen.
A shadow of the cross looms large across Jesus’ entire story. Three times Luke tells us (Luke 2:7, 2:12, and 2:16) that Mary laid the baby in a manger, a feed trough:
This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. (Luke 2:12)
Unto You is Born This Day
A sign is something that points beyond itself to something else. It can be a clue, as in a detective story, and it may also be a miracle. The fact that this sign was given to shepherds gives us a glimpse into the nature of Jesus’ story. Continue reading