Precious Manger Memory

It was Christmas time, or Advent time, and Holy Spirit got my attention with the question “Why was Jesus born in a stable?” (Luke 2:7)

The “Oh! Pick me!” answer is “Because there was no room in the inn” (also in Luke 2:7). But when Holy Spirit asked me why, I knew that it was a serious question.

After thinking about the question for a minute, I gave up. “Why did Jesus need to be born in a stable?”

The answer came “So that people wouldn’t get the wrong idea.”

I was still a little perplexed. “The wrong idea, how? Or the wrong idea about what?”

“What would people have thought if Jesus had been born in a palace, with golden diapers, and jeweled rattles?”

Well, I would have thought that is appropriate for someone like Jesus.

“And so would everyone else. But you have to realize that the lowliest stable in heaven is more glorious than the most opulent palace on earth.” explained Holy Spirit.

It would be years later that Holy Spirit would take me deeper still with:

“Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?” (NKJV Psa 113:6 )

Though God chooses to dwell in His creation, the heavens, and have His throne there. They are still His own creation. He is far above them. He is the Creator, they are merely His creation.

“My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.” (NASB Psa 121:2 )

“Our help is in the name of the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.” (NASB Psa 124:8 )

His lovingkindness is above them.

“For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens,
And Your truth reaches to the skies.” (NASB Psa 108:4 )

His glory is above them.

“The LORD is high above all nations;
His glory is above the heavens.” (NASB Psa 113:4 )

“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
And Your glory above all the earth.” (NASB Psa 108:5 )

Palaces are made by human hands. The stables in heaven are not.

God didn’t want us confused about how He humbled Himself to reach us, to be with us. It speaks to His love for us.