“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 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.
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.