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Luke 2:12-14

 Luke 2:12–14 (ESV): "12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"

Signs aren't always super obvious to us. Sometimes they are ordinary things and sometimes they are not! God works in mysterious ways so don't be surprised if He gives you and me a sign that is so abnormal that we can't miss it. We need all the help we can get!

When Jesus was born the first people on earth He was announced to we're shepherds in the field. The Son of David was announced to shepherds, whom David once was. An angel of the Lord appeared and announced, "unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and laying in a manager." The sign was given so they would know who Jesus was. The swaddling cloths and the manger were the things God would use to identify His Son to the people of this world.

No one is unimportant to God. He loves the lowliest as much as the most exalted. This includes you! He appeared to shepherds first so that everyone knew they were welcome for they were the lowliest of man in this culture. The sign was practical for these men. They were poor shepherds who would look for a poor couple with a poor baby wrapped up in grave clothes and laying a stone manger for a crib just like the grave He would one day be laid in. It was abnormal because Jesus is abnormal. He is God with us!

Know this, Jesus can identify with you friend. May you identify with Him. Jesus is the sign for all mankind. May we look for no other sign of God's love and no other way to get to heaven in Jesus name we pray, amen!
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