“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7, ESV).
The significance of Jesus’ birth is important. Jesus was born to ultimately be God’s sacrificial lamb. The law required that a lamb without blemish be offered as a sin offering for the people twice every day. So in order for Christ to fulfill the requirement of the law he had to be born "the lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29
For centuries Passover lambs were raised in Bethlehem? In those shepherds’ fields outside Bethlehem, a very special breed of sacrificial lamb was raised and nurtured to be brought to Jerusalem at Passover to be slaughtered to cover the people’s sins.And the shepherds were keeping their watch by night.
“The hills around Bethlehem were home to the thousands of lambs used in ritual worship in the Temple. Everyone in Israel recognized Bethlehem as being synonymous with sacrificial lambs.” (Harold Smith) The shepherds that night were probably even keeping watch over sacrificial lambs. The words “swaddling cloth and manger” were very significant to them, words they used on the job quite often.
There is a reason Jesus was born in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes.
When lambs intended for sacrificing were born they were cared for differently than other lambs. They were laid in a manger and wrapped in swaddling cloths to make sure that they did not injure themselves by falling, or thrashing around, because a sacrificial lamb had to be perfect, without spot or blemish. The shepherds knew where to find swaddling cloth and a manger and when they got there they found Jesus just as the angel had described.
Our sacrificial lamb wrapped in swaddling cloth, lying in a manger, prepared for death even at His birth.
So friends where else would you expect the sacrificial lamb to be born?
God made a way in a manger so that we might have a way back to God.