Power in the Manger

The Great hero of the faith, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, had this to say about the manger in the Christmas story, “For the great and powerful of this world, there are only two places in which their courage fails them, of which they are afraid deep down in their souls, from which they shy away. These are the manger and the cross of Jesus Christ. No powerful person dares to approach the manger… for this is where thrones shake, the mighty fall, the prominent perish, because God is with the lowly.”

The kings of men are born in palaces, heralded by 21-gun salutes and sophisticated ceremonies. In comparison, it’s remarkable to think of the simplicity of Jesus’ arrival that first Christmas. But God’s ways are not man’s ways. The book of Matthew says “the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The circumstances of Jesus’ birth set the stage for His entire ministry. Gritty shepherds were sent to spread the news. Foreigners paid Him tribute while the leader of His own people tried to have Him killed. Our King came to earth to save us from sin for eternity, to bring even the least of us a revolutionary message of love.

God truly is with the lowly. The Bible says the “first will be last and the last will be first.” This Christmas, remember the manger. Recall the humility with which our King arrived. And rejoice in God’s plan for our salvation! Share the hope you have with a friend; show His love by serving those in need around you. Tell them of the power of our Lord who came quietly to a manger, and died in humility and agony on a cross. Tell them that though He died, he rose again. He has overcome the world, He lives right now, and He wants to save each of us. Nothing is more powerful than this.

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About Luis Palau

Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the Gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and media. He has spoken in person to 25 million people in 72 countries with more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. He has authored close to 50 books and countless articles on issues of faith, and has counseled with business and political leaders and heads of state around the world. Luis’ radio broadcasts in both English and Spanish are heard by millions on 3,000 radio outlets in 48 countries. His outstanding and significant contribution to the field of Christian communications was recognized in 2008 with the National Religious Broadcasters William Ward Ayer Distinguished Service Award. Luis Palau festivals have produced some of the largest audiences ever recorded in cities from south Florida to South America. His ministry also includes a number of alliances that allow partners in ministry to connect, draw from Palau’s vast experience, and become equipped to reach the world for Christ. More than 200 evangelists are currently a part of the Next Generation Alliance®, and the Livin It® Alliance is dedicated to action sports ministries, film and video outreaches. His book, A Friendly Dialogue Between an Atheist and a Christian, quickly became a bestseller in China and released in the United States in February 2008. Luis and his wife, Pat, live in Portland, Oregon, where they have twelve grandchildren and four sons, three of whom are actively involved with the ministry.