The Christmas story. I think most of us would know it or at the very least have heard about it over the years. Here’s what the Bible tells us about the birth of Jesus.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The story of Jesus’ birth is often told in a magical way. It’s a nice tale to tell over Christmas with angels in the sky proclaiming His birth to shepherds, magi coming from afar bearing gifts and all of us have this cute image in our heads of Jesus in a manger with His parents looking over Him. But have any of us really thought about the significance of it all? The simple scene above is an event of cosmic proportions. Jesus, the Son of God left His Glory behind. He stepped out of the glorious place that is Heaven into this dark, cold world. Limiting Himself in human flesh and experiencing everything that we go through as human beings. Happiness. Joy. Pain. Hunger. Suffering.
If you’ve watched the Matrix, you would remember Agent Smith had a huge disdain for being where he was. He felt trapped. Soiled. Stuck in a place where he didn’t want to be. I would imagine that was how Jesus felt the day He was born. He came into this world without sin but for someone who has been in Heaven all this while; it must have been a waking nightmare to be in this world with the knowledge that He would shed His blood one day on the cross for ALL OUR SINs. And Jesus endured it. He didn’t disdain what He was called to do and He most certainly didn’t do it out of duty like Agent Smith. He did it out of love and that is such an awesome & mind-boggling thing. I don’t think I’d be able to
As we celebrate Christmas with joy and gaiety, take a minute to be thankful and to remember that this magical event has way more significance than just a baby in a manger. It is a day of great sacrifice. A day made for us even though none of us deserve this act of redemption. It is a day made for us to come back to God and to know Him in the most intimate of ways.