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The Meal In A Manger

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And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. –Luke 2:7

At one point I was asked why we receive the Lord’s Supper during our Christmas services. This dear person felt it was a little strange for a service celebrating the birth of Jesus to transition into receiving this baby’s body and blood. And I get it—the juxtaposition is a bit jarring.

Christmas is a celebration of life. The very Word of God “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). We sing songs full of hope and joy! We exchange gifts with those we love in remembrance of God giving us the gift of Himself in the person of Jesus. We have nativities set up with angels, Mary, Joseph, humble shepherds, and wise travelers all gathered around this infant-God lying in a manger. That’s right—in a manger.

For those who may not know; a manger is a feeding trough. It comes from the Latin word “manducare” meaning “to eat.” And the town where this particular manger was located was Bethlehem, which means “House of Bread.” Jesus later refers to himself by saying, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35) and “I am the bread that came down from heaven” (John 6:41).

So yes, the Creator of all things makes Himself lowly, to the point of being placed in a manger where dirty creatures come to eat.

They do not come to prepare a meal, but rather to receive what has been prepared for them. They come there to be fed. The poor shepherds are there too. And hosts of angels are there. All gathered around the humblest of tables where the Bread of Life, come down from heaven, has been laid out.

For those who may not know; a manger is a feeding trough. It comes from the Latin word “manducare” meaning “to eat.” And the town where this particular manger was located was Bethlehem, which means “House of Bread.” Jesus later refers to himself by saying, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35) and “I am the bread that came down from heaven” (John 6:41).

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