Remember, I do not believe in coincidences, so I believe that the stable and the manger were absolutely God’s plan. I believe that he intended Jesus’ entrance to be lowly and humble, alluding to the life he would live. He, who being God, took on the nature of a mortal, human.
When I read the scene below, I can’t help but to imagine that God gathered the angels around Him and said, “alright now, remember, I don’t want any fanfare. I want this to be low-key. I know how much you want to shout the good news, but let’s try to restrain ourselves.”
But, bursting with joy, the angels went to a place where few people would be, the remote shepherding fields. Unable to contain their excitement, they fill the sky with song. The shepherds had the best seat in the “house.”
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:8-14)