"WHAT LINUS AND THE REST OF US MISSED IN THE MANGER"

Rev. Lon Lorton

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 24, 2017

Luke 2:8-14

These are the words of an angel.  “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy.  Today in in the town of David a Savior has been born to you.  This will be a sign for you: you will find the babe, wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

Bethlehem is less than six miles from Jerusalem, where the Temple was located, where spotless lambs were brought from Bethlehem to be the blood sacrifice on the Day of Atonement.

In the fields of Bethlehem was the Tower of Migdal Eder – “Tower of the Flocks.”  See Micah 4:8.

The Messiah would be swaddled and mangered, just like the spotless lambs destined for sacrifice in Jerusalem.  “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  John 1:29

It is okay for the Christmas story to blow us away.  It blew away the shepherds.  It even blew away the angels.  All from the love God has for each of us, and for everyone.  John 3:16-17