THE WAY IN A MANGER
Luke 2:6-7 ‘and while they were there the time came for Mary’s baby to be born; and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn’.
Luke 14:6 Jesus said, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me’.
The last time we looked at Jesus as ‘a way in the manger!’ He was God’s means of bringing the world back to Himself. Today we look at one of Jesus’ most bold and audacious statements, that He and He alone is THE WAY back to the heavenly Father! Now, I have to say that there are many many ways to Jesus, but He’s the only way back to the heart of Father God. My testimony of being saved and how I came to Christ will differ from everyone else’s, however, what won’t be different or will ever change is that we all have to go through Christ to get to the Father ! Jesus also made a very bold statement that He is the gate and that there is no other way for the sheep to enter except through Him! So that’s pretty much saying the same thing! He alone gives access to the Father!
Now I know that this smacks in the face of other religions, schisms, Ism’s and the P C brigade, but for me [an ex spiritualist and believer in reincarnation and karma] the Jesus way [for me] is the only one that not only feels right and has completely changed my life for the better, but, there is enough historical, archaeological and theological evidence to back His statements and of course my own spiritual experience! And the testimony of billions of born again believers since the day of Pentecost, and my own personal testimony backs it all up fully for me at least!
For 26 years I walked in deep darkness, a broken soul and a wretched man, but then Jesus came in to my life, changed me and has been teaching me ever since through the Holy Spirit how to walk with Him. Another of Jesus’ bold statements was ‘I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life’. Jesus came in to my dark, dingy and stinking heart and shone His glorious light in to it and dispelled the darkness and now for the past 30 years He has continued to give me light and will continue to do so until I see Him face to face, then I’ll live in His eternal light forever more! I was blind but now I see! For myself, Jesus is the way and the only way! He chose me then I chose Him, I will always follow Him, my Good Shepherd. I have certainly put Christ back in to my CHRISTmas! How about you?
PRAYER Heavenly Father God. Thank you for this wonderful time of year. Thank you that Jesus was born in my heart despite how dark and dirty it was. Thank you for your love, mercy and grace. Thank you that there is a way back to you. Christ Jesus, THE WAY in the manger. Thank you that I can walk through the Gate in to your Kingdom and I can walk in your Light and see the darkness dispelled. Thank you Jesus Amen.