“Away in a manger
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head”
- Away in a Manger
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Allow me to play on words here – to separate “away” into “a way.” It’s important to remember the great significance of the birth of Jesus. The baby who lay humbly in the manger. The baby who would lead and be the way to the Father and to eternal life.
Jesus is the greatest gift we could ever receive – a true, tangible representation of God’s love. His birth represents an invitation to all of us to become children of God and heirs to the kingdom. It is one of the many promises of God to us. We are His children. The kingdom belongs to us through Him. We are invited to be part of it in every way. We can share in the joy of His birth and share in His glory. Jesus Christ, our brother, was given to us as a gift for our salvation. He is a sign of God’s perfect love for us-His children. As Josh Gilligan says in his version of this song, “the hope of man is born today.” He is our hope. He is the way, the truth, and the life.
Just as Jesus extends the invitation to us, we extend an invitation to Him. We invite Him into our hearts. We ask Him to lead our way through this world. In John 14:2, He tells us that His “Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” We are invited to live with Him there. The invitation was manifested that night in the manger. Extend the invitation to those around you. It is the greatest and most important invitation you and I will ever receive and the most important one we can give.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Lord, thank You for sending the way, the truth and the life. Thank You for the gift of Your son. May He continue to lead us down a path of righteousness. Amen.