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Written by By Barry Fraser   
Thursday, 04 January 2018 00:00

This week I share with you some thoughts I shared with our church family at Christmas. God our Father spoke through the prophet in Isaiah, chapter 1, verse 3: The ox knows its master, and the donkey its owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand. (New International Version)

There’s an African-American song which expresses this same thought:

Sweet little Jesus boy,

They made you be born in a manger.

Sweet little Holy child,

We didn’t know Who You were.

We didn’t know you came to save us Lord,

To take Our sins away.

Our eyes were blind.

We couldn’t see.

We didn’t know who you were.

The ox knows his master’s voice, when he calls him, and he follows him where he leads him, whether to plough in the field, or feed in the meadows. The manger is where animals are fed, and to where the donkey goes when he wants food, and at certain times.

We are not told what animals were in the barn or cattle shed on the night when Jesus was born. But I would like to believe that the animals who were there knew their creator, lying in the manger, the place where they fed.

However, Jesus is Israel’s Creator and Owner, their King, Lord, and Master, their Father, Savior, and Redeemer, but they did not acknowledge him. They rejected him.

The Jews, who were the people of God, did not recognize the ministry of the Word by Jesus Christ and his disciples and apostles.

Let me bring you up to date. This is Belize, now. The Gospel according to Barry reads: The cow knows her master and obeys him. The sheep eat where the shepherd leads. The dog knows its owner; it follows his master’s voice. The cat knows where it is fed; and knows when to go there. But Belizean’s do not know their creator; God’s people do not understand; they do not follow God’s commandments.

It is up to you and me, my dear friends, to bring them back to Christ! So let us in this New Year increase our efforts to reach out to our families, friends, co-workers, or school friends, and invite them to have faith in Jesus, our Creator, Master, and best friend.