Manger Scene

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10/14/2006
Copyright 1994 Mark Rallings

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I don't like the sanitizied sweetness of most depictions of the birth of Jesus. When we do this we negate the essential power of why God would do it the way he did, and we dishonor the faith of Mary and Joseph, who, in spite of miraculous revelation, must have struggled mightily to believe what they'd been told as events unfolded the way they did.

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- An angel scared a teenage girl, said she’d bear the savior of the world, Told her she was favored most, and she was pregnant by the Holy Ghost, But her fiancé could not understand, he knew there must’ve been another man, He was just about to let her go when an angel in a dream told him it was so… Now Joseph understood, but I doubt that many other people would, Nine months of gossiping behind their backs and then they found out they had to pay more tax, ‘Cause Caesar Augustus had a great new plan to get more taxes from every man, Just send ‘em all back to their own hometowns and make ‘em lay more money down. Is this the same story that you know? I’m sure they doubted, they didn’t want to go, They probably thought God was out of his mind, They didn’t know the rest of the story line. Still Joseph and Mary walked all week long, though it seemed so crazy, it felt so wrong, They made it down to Bethlehem but there was no room in the inn for them, So someone pointed them to the caves, out with the animals and runaway slaves, They found a place that was mostly dry, that’s when Mary began to cry ‘Cause there was mud on the floor and a chill in the air, the smell of dung hovered everywhere, Joseph laid some hay in a feeding trough, but I don’t believe it was very soft, And there was not a single midwife to be found, nothing but this damp, cold, muddy ground, Just a terrified girl and a bone-tired man. Way to go, God, what a marvelous plan! It wasn’t very pretty, it wasn’t very clean, Not your typical manger scene, It wasn’t very sweet and it wasn’t very nice, But this was the birth of Jesus Christ. So the time was come and the child was born, Mary brought forth her first-born son, We don’t know how much it hurt or how long it took, that part isn’t in the book, But there were no wise men, they were still seeking, the sheep and oxen were not speaking, They didn’t hear no angel wings, Mary just thought about all these things, She kept them in her heart and pondered, I really wonder what she wondered, Could she believe what she had heard, this baby was the living word? But somehow God saw them through, he helped them to do what they had to do, They only knew a tiny part, and it was just enough not to break their hearts because It wasn’t very pretty, it wasn’t very clean, Not your typical manger scene, It wasn’t very sweet and it wasn’t very nice, But this was the birth of Jesus Christ. Like nothing we could ever dream, the God of heaven in a manger mean, But this is how he chose to become a man, so way to go, God, what a marvelous plan! Life isn’t very pretty, it isn’t very clean, We’re just your typical human beings, We’re not very sweet and we’re not very nice, We need someone like Jesus Christ.