The beautiful Christmas hymn, “Away in a Manger,” speaks to us of how Jesus came in human form as a baby. It is unknown who wrote the words of the hymn’s first two stanzas, which first appeared in 1885. Whatever the phrase “away in a manger” meant when it was written, when I hear it today, it comes out “A WAY in a manger.” I am then reminded of Jesus’ promise in John 14:6, “I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” And as we look at the various depictions of the Christmas stable, we can see how true that is. The one way we get to the heavenly Father is through the Son sent to us by the way of the manger.
This Christmas season may we look at the manger and be thankful for the eternal life that Jesus came to offer.