Consider the humility of the Christmas birth. Embrace the saviour who humbled himself to become like us in order to save us. Humble beginnings. That’s where Jesus came from. He identifies with us in our struggles because he has been there…
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.
Joseph and Mary were living in Nazareth, and when the census occurred, they went back to Bethlehem, because Joseph was from the little town. Jesus ended up being from both places. The disciple Nathanael sarcastically asked if anything good could come from Nazareth in John 1:46. Tough crowd.
It’s like coming from the wrong side of the tracks or the crime-laden area in your city. You know the place. That’s where Jesus came from. Humble beginnings. God the Father did not make it easy for the little saviour. No silver spoon in the mouth of the one who would inherit David’s throne.
In fact, when Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, with Mary on the verge of giving birth, there was no room for them anywhere. No guest rooms were left. Maybe they were on the last train from Nazareth. All the other travelers arriving for the census took all the rooms. And so they were left in a bit of a cave-like stable-like area in which Jesus was laid in a manger (an animal feeding trough) when he was born.
Tough breaks for this struggling family, yet the beauty and miracle of child-birth would have overshadowed everything. Nothing else would have mattered.
A child was born. Their child was born. God’s child was born. Our King was born.
And in the stillness of that moment, as they tried to stay warm and nurture the saviour, we see the power and truth of Paul’s words in Philippians 2:6-7:
“Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
The humility of Jesus (fully God before, during, and after his time on earth) shines in the story of his humble beginnings. Jesus identifies with us in our struggles and humble beginnings because he has been there. He is accessible and caring and knows us, each one, as his own.
Consider the humility of the Christmas birth. Embrace the saviour who humbled himself to become like us in order to save us.