The Manger Was A Cave?

By Sean Ortiz

Every year we see the Manger as a wooden stable. If we look deeper at the Judean culture and what things could have been like in Bethlehem we can see that there were two ways people kept their livestock. The first type was that the animals were kept in a setting in their homes. Most people were not rich and did not own much livestock so the family would actually set up a place to keep livestock in their homes with a wooden trough, hay and a fence.  Ewww, that must have been a stinky situation, the Paschal Lamb used for the Passover meal was actually a pet that was raised inside the home.                                                                                            The other type of stable was generally a cave on the edge of town. This is possibly where those who came to see the baby Jesus on that first Christmas ended up. It is possible when Joseph and Mary went to see the innkeeper they ended up in a cave behind the inn or at the edge of town because it was so crowded in Bethlehem. There were probably goats, sheep, pigs and chickens, but the couple made due. Jesus possibly being born in a cave is a foreshadowing of what was to come 33 years later when he was put into a tomb (cave) after His crucifixion on the cross. It was there that He rose again on the third day to open Heaven to all people so that whosoever BELIEVES in Him (Jesus) would not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus came into the world born in cave, was laid to rest in a cave, to overcome darkness and the stench of sin, death, the grave and hell. Now we have complete access to a real relationship with God through His son Jesus. This is why we rejoice on Christmas day and all year long. The world around celebrates the birth of Jesus, because over 2000 years later HIS impact is still going strong. A humble beginning changed the world for eternity.

The angels proclaimed in LUKE 2:14 “GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN.” Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at New Beginnings Community Church Jurupa Valley. Join us this Christmas Eve Sunday December 24th at 10:00 am with our Live Illustrated Sermon, Live Music and a Living Nativity.

Pastor Sean Ortiz

Lead Pastor

New Beginnings Community Church Jurupa Valley

9010 Limonite Ave

Jurupa Valley, CA 92509

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