Away in a manger

Posted: December 5, 2014 in thought to ponder
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Away in a manger
No crib for a bed.
The Little Lord, Jesus
Asleep on a hay…

This song is attributed to Martin Luther. No one really knows for sure if it was he who composed this one but anyway, this is one of the songs I look forward to in hearing on Christmas. I remember the song being sung in a kitchen table discussion with a family of missionaries and it still gives me the chills when I hear this. The reason is simple. This song talks about the Lordship of Jesus, something that we take for granted on a daily basis.

#1 Jesus is Lord.
The New Testament talks about Jesus as Lord, 747 times in the New Testament, 92 times in the book of Acts while Jesus as Savior is told twice in Acts and 24 times in the New Testament. Guess what this means? It simply means that the central message is on the Lordship of Christ.

…Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11

The word, “Lord”, meant “master”, the one who takes the shot, one who is in control. We have the tendency to compartmentalize things in our lives. We tend to give God our Sundays, but the rest of the week, the control is ours. We tend to control our time, our money, the movies we watch, the things we click on the internet or Facebook, forgetting who is Lord. We volunteer for the youth on Fridays, but on school days, our jokes are crude, our eyes would cheat, and we are even proud when we could beat the system, or when we cut the line. It doesn’t really reflect on who our Lord is.

 
#2 Lordship requires complete surrender.
We can’t be part time Christians, and Christ could not be a part time Lord. Our view of Christ determines how we act. A partial surrender life is something like this…

Read my Bible (because the Youth Pastor asks us on Facebook if we touched our Bibles).
Do good works (because people are watching).
Go to youth on Fridays and church on Sundays (so that no one would bother me through text on my whereabouts).

Notice the reason is more of external factors such as the people? That shows a life that isn’t fully surrendered. It’s like being good so you won’t get in trouble with your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife. Guess what? As human beings, we know when a person is being good and faking it. God knows that too. He knows when we are faking our spirituality. That’s why He said…

Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Luke 6:46

Jesus is either Lord of all or none at all. There is really no middle ground here. He is to be Lord over our love life, our finances, our thoughts, our relationships, our jobs, He is Lord of everything. We can ask ourselves, what have we not surrendered to Jesus?

 
#3 Lordship requires trusting Him.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Prov 3:5-6

The reason why we don’t trust Him is because we don’t really know Him. It is all about having a relationship with Christ! You can’t trust someone you don’t know and truth is, a lot of people who are in church still don’t have a relationship with Christ. They just think they do.

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matt 7:21-23

There is a big difference in calling Jesus “Lord” and surrendering to Him as Lord. We can say we are “Christians” but don’t want to invest in the things of the kingdom. We can say “we’re part of this group” but feel burdened every time we are asked to commit to do something. A lot of people wants the perks of being a Christian but not the responsibility of it. We want God to prove himself to us, but it doesn’t work that way. God wants us to trust Him first, before He proves himself. Faith comes first, because even if we see the miracles, and even if we see what God is doing, unless we put our full trust in Him first, we would just be like the Israelites, they complained and grumbled right after seeing what God has done for them.

So next time we hear the song, “Away in a manger”, may we ponder on His Lordship. Have I completely surrendered my life to Jesus? Is there areas in my life that needs to be surrendered to Him?

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay,
The little lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky.
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

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