Luke 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
.........You have a sign of victory..........The shepherds in the verse above were were leading their flock during the night, by revelation this is a sign of lack of rest and labouring with much struggle. However they had just received news of the birth of the chief shepherd to be their light, way, truth and life.
The sign they were given of finding babe Jesus was of swaddling clothes and a manger. These signs spoke of what they needed to do to find victory in Jesus. Swaddling clothes is a cloth made of strips and this represents the striped body of Jesus on the cross.
A manger is an animal feeding trough which means that we are directed by God to always feed from Jesus who was beaten to strips on the cross and that is finding our victory in the light and direction of Jesus our chief shepherd. Jesus was born to die, and He died to live forever more for your victory, His death is your everlasting sign of victory, Amen.
NKJV Luke 22:15 And he said to them, With fervent desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
.......Freely enjoy God's fervent desire...........It is important for a believer to take note of the new testament desires of Jesus and make them his/her desires as well because God's desires are life with great benefits.
By revelation, God's chief new testament desires among others include faith, mercy, love for one another as he has loved us, and today's focus Holy communion. Holy communion is also known as the Lord's table or the Lord's supper and it is God giving us His own body and blood for our salvation and life in abundance.
The word ' _Fervent_ ' there means that it is running over, glowing and ever present and freely available. So the Lord Jesus there is excitedly and zealously inviting us as Christians to abundantly take Holy communion.... whenever we do that we are always dining with the Lord Jesus.
It is the best way to remember the birth of our Lord Jesus because His birth is perfected for our sake in His death, His death is life to us. This Christmas, with family and friends, dine with Jesus more often by freely taking His body and blood, it's life to you.