Monthly Archives: December 2011

If Jesus Hadn’t Come in an Ugly Manger

If Jesus hadn’t come in an ugly manger, we might think that we should attain to success on earth.  We might think that looking good, or earning wealth, or being the best at what we do, is important.

If Jesus hadn’t come in a manger, in a drafty cave, we might think that the goal of our lives is comfort, free from pain, hunger, and cold.

If Jesus hadn’t come in a manger, after a normal human birth, we might think that we need great supernatural acts to accomplish anything important.

If Jesus hadn’t come in a manager, with the help of some ordinary people, we might think that the simple things we do on earth don’t matter.

If Jesus hadn’t come in a manager, as a screaming infant child, we might think that humanity, with the spirit of God, doesn’t have the power over good and evil.

If Jesus hadn’t come in a manger, in a specific time and place, we might consider ourselves puppets in world affairs, where God pulls the strings to make sure everything goes His way.

If Jesus hadn’t come in a manger, under a starry sky, we might think God is only watching us from a distance.

If Jesus hadn’t come in a manger, with an earthly mother who gave birth in pain, we might think we can sit back and wait for everyone else to do “something” to make the world a better place.

If Jesus hadn’t come in a manger, part of an intricate plan, we might think that we are products of chance.

If Jesus hadn’t come in a manger… we wouldn’t care enough to even wonder why.

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