While reading along in Luke today I was struck by something old and something new:
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12 NIV – Emphasis Mine)
He was a baby lying in a manger…nothing new right?!?!
But then the irony of this situation startled me. The Angels announce the birth of the Messiah, the King, the One who was to come.
And they tell the shepherds the sign of how you will know you have seen this new King — the baby who is laying in a feeding trough and wrapped with torn rags. What?!?!
Our Messiah came in an upside-down way. He came humbly and on the fringe. What an introduction!