Jesus was born where the animals slept. There was no room for Mary and Joseph anywhere. God allowed his own son to come into the world in a state of humility which most of us would not accept. We would think more of ourselves. Time to rethink….
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 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. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Christmas Eve. The eve of the birth of Christ. Regardless of the fact that Jesus birth was likely in our Spring, the eve of his birth was marked by trouble for the young parents. There was no room at the inn. No vacancy. It always amazes me that God took steps to make sure that the advent of the Son of Man was humble.
Philippians 2 teaches us that Jesus took on the form of man in humility. No kidding. No room for Mary to give birth in dignity. Jesus wrapped in cloth and placed in a manger where the animals live.
Our acceptance of humble circumstances in our own lives should be encouraged by the Lord’s acceptance of humble beginnings for his own Son.
In a world of high expectation and entitlement, we have a Saviour example who went before us in humility. Come let us adore our humble King.