Away In A Manger – December 20, 2016

Isaiah 9:7- Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.  He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.  The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

John 1:14, The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Building on yesterday’s verse, the eternal kingdom of the son of God is known for justice, righteousness, and peace.

Part of the spectacular nature of Christmas resounds from the Christmas carols we sing. One of those songs is, Away in a Manger. It’s one of the shortest Christmas carols you will sing this year with only three short verses, but each has powerful meaning. Verse one reads, ‘Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head. The stars in the sky, looked down where He lay, The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.’

Part of what makes that song so powerful, are those four words, “The Little Lord Jesus” which is restated in every verse of the song. Christmas is definitely the time that we remember “the Little Lord Jesus”, but we must always remember that He was not always the ‘Little Lord Jesus.’ John 1:14, says Jesus grew up as the, “…glory…of the heavenly Father, full of grace and truth.” My prayer for you this Christmas season is that when you look to the manger, you would see the full-grown grace of the heavenly Father in your family and life.

The Cottonwood Creek family and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D