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Manger Danger! Luke 2:1-14(15-20)

Manger Danger!

God took extreme measures to redeem humankind.

At a Glance

People have a long history of laying their babies in dangerous contraptions. On Christmas Eve, however, we celebrate a baby who was "dangerous" in his own right.

Editors' Pick

For material based on the Christmas Eve OT text (Isaiah 9:2-7), see "Jesus -- the Lion and the Lamb," December 25, 1994, at

"She gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger" (v. 7).

We love the manger scene as we gather on Christmas Eve. But if you think about it, a stable is not exactly the kind of place you'd want to have a baby and not the kind of crib you'd choose. We would much prefer the hospital to a cave (which it probably was). We'd rather hear the controlled voice of a doctor and a labor coach than a cacophony of cows mooing, sheep baaing and goats grunting. We'd much prefer a climate-controlled room with a sanitized bassinet than a cattle trough that was likely made of stone, chiseled in the floor and filled with hay.


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