Full Passage Luke 2:1-7
“She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snuggly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them” ~ verse 7 NLT
Here we begin the traditional Christmas story reading from Luke 2. Wikipedia describes a manger as “a feeder that is made of carved stone, wood, or metal construction and is used to hold food for animals (as in a stable).” This is not the only book of the Bible to have the account of Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem, Mary going into labor, being turned away from any lodgings, then finally giving birth with the animals and placing the baby Jesus in a manger, but it does seem to be the most popular.
At first I was a bit surprised that the Advent study would go into the birth so quickly, but then I realized this study isn’t your traditional Advent study. That’s what I love about this study, rather than doing the traditional Christmas story it goes beyond and not only tells the surroundings of Christ’s birth but why He was born, how He lived, what He taught, and even covering the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts.
I’m getting quite excited for each days readings.