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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Why A Stable?

Have you ever stopped to consider why Jesus was born in a stable? Or why his birth was first revealed to the shepherds? (scroll down)

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel." Isiah 7:14

"And Joseph also went up, from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem." Luke 2:3

"And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered." Luke 2: 6

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:7

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night." Luke 2:8

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." Luke 2:10

"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy." Matthew 2:10

"And when they came into the house, they saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and fell down and worshipped him; and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh." Matthew 3:11

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2: 14

I grew up in a farming community. I know my way around a barn~ a stable. It is an aromatic experience to be sure.
I often think about why God chose a stable as the setting in which Mary would give birth to the worlds most precious baby. He certainly should have been born in the most loveliest of palaces.
But our Savior was born in a stable~ one of the most humble of places on earth.
The angel first revealed His birth to shepherds, which at the time was considered to be one of the lowliest of professions.
But Jesus was also worshipped by the most revered of men. Why was this God's plan?
I believe it was so that no one would ever feel that he or she wasn't worthy enough, or too worthy, to have Jesus live in their heart. He is and forever shall be accessible to everyone.
He is here for you. He loves you. It doesn't matter where you were born. It doesn't matter what you do for a living. Or what you did yesterday. It only matters that you take Him into your heart today.

May the peace of the season be yours eternally.


Liz said...


Merry Christmas to you to my friend!
I hope you and your family have a blessed one!


FROGGITY! said...

so true!! i have been thinking a lot about that stable this season. also i never really sat down before to think about how much mary and joseph had to go through (and they did so willingly and joyfully!)... traveling on a dusty road 9 months pregnant and staying in a stable! and Jesus- the most precious gift to the world... in a manger! it really is amazing. and you're absolutely right... he came for EVERYONE and this only highlights it!

Merriest of Christmases to you!!!

Carrie said...

Beautiful post.

Merry Christmas!!!

Lisa @ akawest said...

>I believe it was so that no one would ever feel that he or she wasn't worthy enough, or too worthy, to have Jesus live in their heart. He is and forever shall be accessible to everyone.

That is a very beautiful way of thinking. I shall share this with my daughter, Briana. I believe she was drawn to Jesus, for the very reason that he would not leave her out for being deaf.

Mimi said...

HI Laura!!!
You presented the story so beautifully!!!!It is so true that Jesus was born for all Men. The pictures and story touched my heart again!!!
Merry Christmas
hugs and love,

Linda said...

Dear Laura,
What a precious, beautiful, gift you've given all of us in writing this blog entry. It is the truth of Christmas, the truth of life. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos as well.

Merry Christmas to you and yours ♥

With love, Linda

Jorgelina said...

The family is the most beautiful present for Christmas. I wish you a Christmas full of love!

Cote de Texas said...

Laura - have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Years!!!!!


sarah said...

so beautiful

Merry Christmas...enjoy!

Dianne said...

Laura, this was a beautiful post. It is the absolute truth!! Jesus does love everyone and is waiting for hearts to open to Him!
Hope you had a blessed Christmas and may the Lord bless you further in the New Year.

Nicole said...

Oh! I love the Salt Lake Temple grounds at Christmas. The sprit is amazing! I haven't been there during Christmas since I was 12! (I'm 35!) Merry Christmas!!