December 18, 2014

Advent Adventure, Part 8

This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12 (NIV)

 The Shepherds were given a sign, a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.  Later, the wise men from the East were given a sign.  They followed a star that led them to Bethlehem and rested over the place where Jesus was staying.  What’s your sign?  What has God used in your life to get your attention?  How has He guided you to His Son?  God speaks in many ways.  The question is, “Are we listening?”  Do you recognize the signs that God has used in your life to speak to you?  God longs to reveal Himself to us.  That’s why He became flesh and came to our world.  Imagine how amazed the angels must have been when they saw the Creator born as a creature, the Word coming as a speechless baby.  What a wonder it must have been for the shepherds to see the Christ child in a poor stable.  The Life Application Bible Commentary put it like this: “Not only would this sign help the shepherds find the right baby, it would also attest to the truth of the angel’s words to the last detail. While there might be other newborn babies in Bethlehem wrapped in strips of cloth, there would be only one ‘lying in a manger.’”  All around us are signs that point to Him.  Creation proves there is a Creator.  Christmas proves that He cares!  Those who followed the signs found the Savior.  How tragic for those who did not.  The political and religious leaders were given a sign as well.  Not only had the Wise Men from the East attracted their attention but they also had the prophecies of the Old Testament and the testimony of the Shepherds that a Savior had been born.  Yet, they failed to follow the signs that were so clearly before them, pointing to Jesus.  The Christmas story isn’t about a God who came to earth with a message.  He came to be the message!  Jesus is the message of God’s redemptive love!  He is the sign that says there is hope for men, hope for peace, and good will.  I love the way the shepherds responded. “When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.” Luke 2:15-16 (NLT)  When they followed the sign they were given, they found Him.  Those who find Christ are never disappointed!