The Manger to the Cross

His mother Mary laid him in a manger – a feeding trough, for livestock. Jesus, her first child, a helpless baby, was born in Bethlehem, miles from the home of Joseph and Mary. The shepherds found him there as the angels had described (Luke 2:6-16). Details of the actual birth are scarce, but the impact of His arrival profound. His birth was prophesied hundreds of years earlier, revealed to the prophet Isaiah.

 "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."  Isaiah 7:14

“O Come, O Come, Immanuel, and ransom captive Israel.”

The prophecy was fulfilled in real time to Joseph and Mary and then the chosen shepherds. The promised Messiah was born to a virgin and a remnant remembered the promise and recognized the reality.

“That mourns in lonely exile here. Until the Son of God appear.”

A multitude of heavenly hosts (angels) appeared and praised God. A Savior, Christ the Lord, is born!

“Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel, shall come to thee, O Israel.”

The child Jesus grew from helpless babe into servant-Messiah. He ministered to the people and healed their sickness and their sin. Many recognized Him as the Son of God. 

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them has the light shined.”  Isaiah 9:2

Then joy turned to sorrow. 

“And it was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour . . . the veil of the temple was torn in two.”  Luke 23:44-45.

The long-awaited Messiah was crucified next to common criminals.

Luke recorded the birth and death of our Savior, Christ the Lord. And a remnant remembers. Immanuel – God with us. 

NOTE: Text in bold and centered are from VENI IMMANUEL, 9th Century.

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