The Sign of Christmas

“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12

The angel uses an interesting word to describe what the shepherds were to look for doesn’t he?

“This will be a sign for you. . .” A sign????

A sign points to something. images

A sign points to a reality.

A sign helps show the way.

A sign has a special meaning.

A STOP sign points to the place where you stop your vehicle.

A McDonald’s sign points you to where amazing fries can be ordered and consumed.

Tight pants are a sign you ate too much at last night’s Christmas party.

Dark clouds in the sky are signs of rain.

A sign reveals a reality.

“This will be a sign for you. . .”

What was the sign they were to look for? A baby wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.

And what was the sign pointing to? A Savior, who is Christ the Lord (see Luke 2:11).

A newborn, infant baby – lying in a manger points to the reality that a Savior, who is Christ the Lord has come.

Oh my.

Do you see? Do you see how this baby in a manger points to that reality?

A Savior – We need a human substitute to do for us what we cannot do (a baby).

Christ – We need a Messiah to be King and rule over our enemy (lying in a manger indicates that He would come to serve and give His life as a ransom for many).

The Lord – This baby is God.

Don’t miss the sign of Christmas. The sign points to the fact that a Savior has been born to us. He is Christ the Lord.

 

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