AWAY IN A MANGER…

1 John 5: 3

This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

What’s your vision of God? Some see God as the loving parent. Others see God as the King on His throne. Which vision is right?

Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus…

No doubt, these words bring to mind a peaceful scene of a sweet little babe in the arms of his loving mother as the cattle low and the sheep bleat with angels nearby, but what does the word LORD really mean?

Dictionary.com says:  a person who has authority, conttol, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler. Ooh, that doesn’t really sound like that sweet little babe from the song..

Away In A Manger is certainly one of my favorite Christmas carols. I remember loving it as a child and still do. The song promotes a vision of a loving mother loving her sweet little baby. Much the way we often view God.

The little Lord Jesus….

Jesus is our LORD.

In medieval times, the knights and other citizenry would bow to their lord and swear an undying allegiance to him. They would die for him if necessary. When he said jump, they asked how high! The knights willingly gave their life to him totally. Not a few hours a day.  Not when it was convenient. Not when they felt like it.

The verse says…This is love for God: to obey his commands. .

Jesus is our LORD and that means HE has authority, control, and power.

Jesus is our LORD and that means we should obey HIM.

Jesus is our LORD and that means submitting to HIM.

There are many places where Jesus talks about obeying God, including the above verse.  When Jesus talks about obey God, it doesn’t sound optional to me. God expects us to obey Him.

The little Lord Jesus…

In case you missed the second part of the verse, here it is again: …And his commands are not burdensome,

Yes, God expects us to obey his commands, but they are not burdensome. The wonderfully, awesome thing about Jesus being our LORD is that by obeying HIS commands, we create a better world for ourselves and those around us.

For the most part HE doesn’t want us climbing on a horse, grabbing our jousting spear, and charging off to war. God’s war is a different sort of war.

His war is against the dark, evil forces in the world. The way to fight the darkness is through His light. In Matthew 5: 15, it says: Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

His light shines brighter when we follow His command to love God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and then to love one another. So I guess in a way the words of the song are still correct no matter what vision you have of GOD, as the sweet little babe in the manger or as the King on HIS throne.

It still comes down to love.

The little Lord Jesus…

 

SHARING TIME: My minister, Rev. Tom Benter, has been doing a series on Christmas Carols and what we can learn from them. I want to hear about your favorite Christmas carol? What can it teach us?

 

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