The Cradle is Scripture

14th December, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Recently I heard a devotional about the shepherds. In summary, the speaker said that the shepherds were ordinary men doing their ordinary work when an extraordinary event occurred. The angel told them about the baby Jesus born in a stable in Bethlehem. This announcement was followed by the extraordinary chorus of heavenly angels singing, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

These ordinary men went to look for Jesus and found him in a strange cradle — a feeding trough for animals. The shepherds stood in amazement and then went to tell other ordinary people what they had seen and heard.

The shepherds found Jesus in a cradle. Where do we find Jesus? We have the same mandate that the shepherds had, “Go see where Jesus is and then tell others about who Jesus is.” But, we can’t see a baby in a cradle or hear him cry. We can’t see Jesus healing the sick or preaching to the multitudes. In the twenty-first century, how can we find Jesus?

For us, the cradle is scripture. We find Jesus as we read God’s Word and meditate upon it. The story of Jesus’ life — at least all God thinks we need to know about it — is found in the chapters of our Bible. We must read the gospels carefully, thinking about each word and picturing the events in our mind.  We must ponder Jesus’ words and by doing so learn about the heart of the God-man Jesus Christ.

Of course, the story of Jesus starts before Matthew 1 and continues on after John 21. We see evidence of who Jesus is all through the Old Testament through pre-incarnation appearances and symbolic metaphors. We learn about the continuing work of Jesus building His kingdom in Acts and the epistles. We read with eager anticipation about the second coming of King Jesus in Revelation and long for the day we can be in his presence.

This Christmas let’s identify ourselves with the ordinary shepherds and look intently for Jesus in the cradle of scripture.

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