Devotional: ‘The Humility of Christ’s Birth’

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Suppose for a moment that you had never read or heard anything from the Bible and you were given the task of explaining the birth of Jesus Christ. How would you tell it? What kind of picture would you try to paint? Would you include a stable and shepherds, or would you talk about a palace and some princes? I doubt that most of us would make it as common and ordinary as it is in the Bible. I’m sure that most of us would include a little more pizazz.

Luke 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7And 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. ESV

If there is one word that could be used to best describe the birth of Jesus Christ, it would be the word – ‘HUMILITY.’ Almost everything in the story says humility. Most outstanding is the humility of Christ being born in a stable and cradled in a feed trough. Then there is the humility of His mother being a poor peasant girl from an obscure place like Nazareth. We should also include the humility of His special visitors.

Luke 2:8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. ESV

Surely God was trying to say something very important and meaningful to us by the way He brought His Son into the world. Perhaps Jesus explained it best when He said, “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28 ESV)

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