WHY WAS JESUS BORN IN A MANGER?
Manger is a long trough from which sheep, cattle or horses feed. And there was no place Mary could give birth to Jesus other than in the manger? Do you think it was by accident or what? Even if there was no room in the Inn, there could be room in the kitchen, inside the synagogue or anywhere else apart from the manger, but why the manger?
Before the birth of Jesus Christ, animals like cattle, sheep, lambs were made as sacrifice for sins, and now Jesus Christ came to offer Himself as a sacrifice in place of the animals, so the message was clear, Jesus was born in manger as a clear message to replace the sacrifice of animals. The Bible says in John 1:29, “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
Jesus Christ offered Himself as a Lamb for a sacrifice to take away the sin of the world because the sacrifices of animals could not take away sin, it could only appease God’s judgment, “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.” Hebrews 10:1, but Jesus came as a Lamb in place of the animal lambs for a better sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. ““Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
Since Jesus has made the ultimate sacrifice on the cross for our sins, no more need for animal sacrifice, since He has died for your sins, you don’t need to die for your sin again, you don’t need to pay for the sins of your fore fathers again, Jesus paid it all. He was born in a manger where lambs were born as a Lamb to be sacrificed for the sins of the world.
Jesus died for your sins, you need to accept His salvation into your life. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. God loves the world, so no matter how worldly you are, He loves you, no matter how wayward you are He loves you and no matter how wicked you are Jesus loves you. He paid the price for your sins, and you need not to pay with your soul.
Trust Him for your salvation, ask Him to save you and surrender your life to Him, He will wash you with His Precious Blood and give you a brand new life.
God bless you.
Gideon Akande, the Evangelist