The Offensiveness of a Manger
Why is it that the story of the birth of a child is so hated by so many people? We can read it in newspapers daily. Things like, when a town, which for years has put up the manger scene in a park or town lot, is all of a sudden attacked by the ACLU or some other group and they have to take it down. Or a church that faces a lawsuit for the same thing or something similar.
You would not think that the birth of a little baby would cause such hatred in people. You would think they would feel sympathy for a child that was born in such harsh conditions and let it go. But it seems that the world around us has become so offended by one single event that occurred many years ago.
The story of the birth of Christ is not offensive because it is the story of a little baby that was born; who would be offended by that? The story of the birth of Christ is offensive because it is the story of God coming to earth in human form. It is offensive because of the life that Christ lived the next 33 years. It is offensive because Christ raised the standard and said that he was, "the way the truth and the life and no one comes to the father but by me." It is offensive because people are more pleased to live in their own sinfulness than to become what God wants them to become.
Let's look at the story of the manger and see what it is about?
The Story of the manger is about...
I. The birth of a God-man
Christ came as God. The story of His birth gives overwhelming evidence of His deity.
Christ came in a humble way. I am sure there could have been any number of ways that God could have sent His own son into this world. But God chose to send Jesus in a unique way.
A. He was conceived of a virgin.
I cannot stress the importance of the virgin conception to the coming of Christ. Many people today want to deny the importance of the virgin conception or all together get rid of it and ...
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