An Empty Manger, An Empty Cross And An Empty Tomb

Posted: 18 December, 2013 in Ponderings
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The all-too-familiar nativity scene should be a common sight now hot into this festive period. The “re-enactment” often depicts the baby Jesus in a manger looked after by Joseph and Mary, surrounded by farm animals, probably with the wise men and maybe some shepherds. While it is not exactly accurate, it demonstrates the ancient historical facts in one simple scene.

The reality is that the manger where Jesus was once laid is now empty! Jesus Christ came once as an infant, but He is coming again as the rightful King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

The cross where Christ was once hanged is now empty! For the Messiah himself died for sins, once and for all, a righteous person on behalf of unrighteous people, so that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but brought to life by the Spirit; 1Peter3:18

An Empty Manger, An Empty Cross And An Empty Tomb

And the tomb where Jesus was once buried is now empty! But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honour at God’s right hand. There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:12-14

The empty manger speaks of God’s love by sending His Son. It also speaks of Christ’s humility and vulnerability. The empty cross testifies to Jesus Christ’s painful sacrifice; the broken flesh and the poured blood. And ultimately His death. The empty tomb declares Christ’s resurrection and victory. The Life – the living God who even conquered death.

Even the sometimes overly commercialised nativity scene calls to remembrance the many great intimate things what God has done for us, a reflection of God’s goodness and faithfulness.


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