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Neighbors Growing Together | Jan 18, 2017

Parson to Person - It is time to eat

By REV. MIKE SCUDDER, Faith Lutheran Church, of Mt. Pleasant | Dec 30, 2016

What a joyous time of year given to celebrate the birth of the Savior of all mankind.

As this is being written, I’m enjoying a brief respite between the meals as we spend a few days with my wife’s family in southern Indiana. We truly enjoy each other’s company and the opportunity to get caught up on family happenings.

This year’s Christmas celebration has been extra special as we are in the process of welcoming two new members to the extended family. Both my niece and nephew have become engaged (perhaps in this season we ought to use the term – betrothed (Luke 2)) and we have the privilege of welcoming these new members into the family.

Of course, part of the initiation is joining in the family feasts. And let me assure you, even breakfasts are feasts.

And this now brings me to the real point of this Parson to Person article. It is time to eat! Probably the most popular New Year’s resolution is to lose weight (it’s mine). But my encouragement to you is to eat more! But I also ask you to hear me out on this.

Luke 2:6-7 (ESV) tells us: “And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”

Jesus was laid in a manger. Do you realize the significance of this? We often think it was simply because there was no room for them at the inn and because there was no room there was no bed. But, oh there is so much more!

Do you know what a manger is? A manger is a feeding trough. Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, was laid in a feeding trough! Well, that’s okay Pastor, because there was no room at the inn. That was indeed the case but God even uses the placing of His Son into a feeding trough for His good purpose.

Jesus Christ was laid into a feeding trough because He came to feed us. He came to sustain us with His Word as it is combined with water in His flood of holy baptism. He comes to feed us with forgiveness, life and salvation with His Word in His body and blood, in, with and under the bread and wine of His holy supper. He gives us the sweetness of His love as He daily brings us His comforting promise of forgiveness in His holy absolution of our sin.

As your new year begins, I pray that your New Year’s resolutions will be a blessing to you. And, I also hope and pray that one of your resolutions will be to eat more! Eat more of Jesus! For He was laid in the manger to feed you with forgiveness, life and salvation.

Happy New Year!

 

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