Is Christ still in the manger in Bethlehem?
Christ is born in Bethlehem
Hark the herald angels sing...glory to a newborn king....
silent night, Holy night,...... Christ our saviour is born.........
And so on and so on .... We hear these same xmas songs year after year, and our hearts are soft because it´s xmas time.
More and more advert on t.v. asking us to dip into our pockets for orphans, underprivelaged children, the homeless etc..
Personally l think we ought to think of all the people strugglining, all the abused children etc., all year round. Their pain doesn´t just last for a few days at xmas.
Coming back to the singing carols , it surprises me how many mention the baby Jesus as being Christ.....when in fact he had quite a few years to go. He became Christ (The anointed) on the day he was baptised (29.a.d.)
Yes of course the baby Jesus was the son of God who one day would become our saviour and King. Does anyone think of that? Of course thousands of people think of Jesus in amongst all the hectic runnaround of buyingTurkey, presents, wrapping paper, alcohol, don´t forget the mulled wine. So much to do for weeks leading up to xmas, yet they stil go to church and many people still make a nativity scene in the house with the obligatory tree. Mary, Joseph, Baby in a manger, after that it varies. Sometimes everyone is there, the ox, lamb, shepherds, 3 wise men and even angels.
Other people keep it more to the words of the bible which tells us the shephrds were there, and Mary and Joseph and the baby, of course.
The others came later..............but more than anything what came later was Jesus grew up in Nazareth with his carpenter father ,going to the Temple in Jerusalem and visting the local synagogue, as all devoted jews did in those days,., and only when he was a grown man did he get baptised by John the Baptist and at that moment became The Christ (or the anointed one)
It was after Jesus´baptism that he began to tell everyone about God´s Kingdom, and he healed the sick, the blind, the deaf etc., not as a baby........ Nothing wrong with remembering him as a baby , we all do it with pictures of our now grown up children, But if Jesus is remembered ONLY as a helpless babe there´s something wrong, somewhere. !!!!
Christ is our King. He is an incredibly powerful archangel in Heaven. I feel strongly that we must remember that, because Satan would love Jesus to be always a helpless baby, unable to talk, to tell of Gods´Kingdom, unable to perform miracles to show how things will be in the future ..(and God will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be any more. The former things have passed away) Revelation chapter 21,. vs 3, 4 .
So while we´re enjoying the xmas pudding , the family reunion, the exchanging of presents and all that extra love that seems to be in the air at this time of year, ....please spare a thought not only for the beautiful nativity scene, but Christ as he is NOW A mighty King in Heaven
May God bless the lonely, the homeless the soldiers far away from their families, the sick, the sad and all of us who try to be happy and make others happy at this time of year and always.