Many people imagine God with a gavel in His hand. As a judge who’s quick to judge us and indifferent to what we’re going through.
But Christmas proves God’s love for us.
God sent His Son Jesus to save us. And He didn’t send Him down in a magnificent show. Jesus wasn’t born to an affluent couple. He wasn’t born in the most populous city. He didn’t come down as a grown man.
He was born in a stable in Bethlehem in Judea to Mary and Joseph.
He was born. Babies are absolutely powerless; we’re even born legally blind. So there’s nothing more helpless than a baby. And yet that was Jesus’ entrance into the world – as a baby!
He was born in a stable. How do you get more lowly than a stable, with dirty (and presumably stinky) farm animals?
He was born in a stable in Bethlehem, in Judea. Bethlehem was so small that we have to be told where it is. Jesus wasn’t born in a great city where the wealthiest and most popular people were.
He was born in a stable in Bethlehem, in Judea, to Mary and Joseph. Mary would’ve been a young, teenage girl, who in that culture would’ve been considered pretty insignificant, and Joseph was a lowly carpenter. What a humble beginning for Jesus! He came into the world in the most helpless form, in a stinky stable, to a small town, and to a poor couple.
Why would Jesus come to earth that way? To show us that God cares about us and what we’re going through. Jesus experienced what we humans experience – love, pain, hurt, temptation, etc. This was a display of God’s compassion. One shows compassion best when they imagine themselves in someone else’s shoes. God took it a step further, and actually came into “our shoes”. Of course He always knows what we’re going through, but He chose that time in history to send Jesus down to earth, fully God and yet fully human, to experience what we experience, on His way to saving the world from their sins. Some may ask, “If it was just about dying and saving us, why didn’t Jesus come down as a man, die, and be resurrected, all within a day or two?” Because Jesus’ entire life is an example of how we should live our lives. How we should react when we’re insulted. How we should love everyone. Jesus experienced what we as humans experience, but He also gave us a perfect example of how God wants us to live our lives.
John 1:14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. (NLT)
It’s easy enough to say you love someone, but actions speak louder than words. Jesus became a human for us, to show us God’s love. We see God’s love through the miracles Jesus performed – healing the sick, the lame, the blind, etc. We see God’s love in Jesus’ death on the cross, as an atonement for the world’s sins. And we see God’s love in Jesus’ resurrection – Jesus defeated death! And it all started in a small town called Bethlehem, in Judea. Now we in turn are to show God’s love to others.
Have a merry Christmas! Be sure to spend time with your family and friends, but also keep in mind what the 25th of December is all about. 🙂
Matthew 1:21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. (NLT)
Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (NIV)