Each year children and adults alike gather in sanctuaries, community centers, schools, and parks to portray that first Christmas nativity. Some are extravagant displays with live animals, beautiful costumes, and professionally designed sets. Others are simple representations with children dressed in bathrobes and a borrowed doll from the nursery to play baby Jesus. But the story is the same. A tiny baby has changed the world.
If the manger only has meaning during our holiday celebrations, we've missed the point of the story. Jesus was born so that we could be born again. The events of His birth and the people who welcomed Him have many lessons to teach us about the glorious gospel and how Jesus came to change our lives.
This Christmas season, take time out of your busy life to remember the manger. Set aside your hectic schedule. Grab a cup of coffee and sit for a few minutes each day and learn what it means to live in light of the manger.