“Mary gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.”
Jesus first bed was a manger, but God did not intend it to be His permanent home! A manger was the place where animals found their food. So, how intriguing that the Bread of Life was laid in the place where hunger was satisfied!
Throughout His life, Jesus indeed fed the hungry, but He didn’t just throw bread AT them, hoping some might catch a piece. Jesus personally gave the bread to his disciples who then personally shared it with the people. But first, Jesus blessed the bread and broke it.
Likewise, Our Father daily gives us Bread to share. We love His blessing on the Bread, yet often we don’t appreciate the breaking, even though we know they both blessing and breaking come from the same loving Hand. However, Our Father knows that broken pieces will be easier for weary, hurting people to stomach!
The world is full of those hurting people today, but I wonder if we have become so content with our own abundance of manna that we forget others desperately need that Bread to fill their hungry souls. Why should we get fat on Bread we’ve hidden away in our mangers while those around us are starving?
Our world desperately needs the Bread of Life—
Isn't it time to take Jesus out of the manger?