“And [Mary] brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)
We expect a great leader of our world to make a great entrance full of pageantry and pomp, probably also accompanied by a large security detail to keep people away from him! The one God of the universe stepped into our world in a very different way.
By His own choice, He came as a baby. Of course, God could have made His appearance as a mighty man or even as a fearsome creature. Perhaps many more people would have followed Him after just such an advent. He expected those early worshippers to accept Him by faith, seeing God even in what must have seemed to be an ordinary baby.
Second, Jesus came to a poor, hardworking family. Most of us will never have the privilege of a presidential candidate or other leading politician stopping by our house to spend time together; we simply do not have the money they are interested in! God, however, came to what might be called a “working class” family, one able to support a young child, but not one likely to be well-known in social circles.
Third, Jesus came in a humble setting. Many pagan myths around the world deal with a mythological deity coming to earth. None of them show their gods humbling themselves so much as to rest in a stall prepared for barnyard animals to eat from. Although our God deserves the richest accommodations, He was willing to live an ordinary—even a poor—life as an example to His followers.
We praise God for sending His Son to us to be born and raised exactly as He had determined and revealed in prophecy. We hope each of our families will be able to celebrate His life, death, and resurrection this Christmas season!