God Is In The Details-Jesus. As we searched for God in the details at Christmas, we looked at the nativity and the angel, Mary and Joseph, shepherds and wise men. Our last stretch of the journey brings us to the babe in the manger.
I have a felt wall hanging that has 25 little pockets on it. It also has a little felt mouse that is used to count down the days till Christmas. The mouse is moved to a different pocket each day. My granddaughter thought if she skipped all the days and just moved it to the 25th that she could go ahead and open her presents. Isn’t that just like all of us when we are anticipating an event. We just want it to hurry up and get here. The waiting only leads to more excitement and our mind tends to play out everything that is going to happen. Then when the big event gets here, it is not like we expected and it can be a let down.
The Jews had been expecting their Messiah for a long time. The intensity had grown. They were expecting this royal baby to be born in a palace with all the religious leaders announcing the birth. They wanted a conquering king who would deal with their enemies. Where is the long awaited king? God’s plan is different than their expectations.
The birth announcement is made by angels to shepherds. This King is born in a stable wrapped in swaddling clothes and is placed in a manger. This King is much more than just someone who will deliver them from their enemies, sickness or poverty. Which He would have no problem doing. He is the Messiah who came to deliver all of us from our sins. Jesus, God’s Son our Savior.
When I had my babies, I wanted them to be born in a clean, sterilized environment with lots of medical personnel. This is not the case for Mary and Joseph. They had traveled a long distance. I can’t imagine being pregnant and having to ride on a donkey over the rough terrain to get to Bethlehem. Labor pains are coming and panic stricken Joseph is desperately looking for a room. Can you imagine the thoughts running through his mind? There are no doctors or nurses, or even a midwife to assist in the delivery. It is all up to Joseph.
“So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6-7
Finally they are in the stable. No clean hospital beds just straw for her to give birth on. The stable is unsanitary, messy and dusty from the animals. Mary’s cries of pain may have frightened the animals. There is no clean water available to wash the infant after His birth. Could God have provided a nice clean environment for these new parents? Yes but it wasn’t His plan.
Finally, Jesus is born. I think any mother you ask would tell you that all the pains, pushing and any other problems fade quickly as soon as you look into the face of your baby. I’m sure it is the same with Mary. Here she held in her arms the Messiah. Who is both God and man. It is hard for me to imagine what Mary would be thinking as she held this little one. The magnitude of it all would be overwhelming.
Often times we really don’t think about Jesus childhood. His first steps and his first skint knee when He fell down playing outside or maybe even other children teasing Him. Mary would have picked Jesus up in her arms, sat him down on her lap, and wiped the tears from His eyes. Picture Him running, laughing and playing with Joseph.
We know as an adult, He is criticized, slandered, tortured and crucified. This is God’s plan. Jesus lived a human life, just like us with all the happy times along with the pain so He can sympathize with us. He knows first hand what we go through because He also went through the same things. Jesus experienced compassion, love, joy wonder, but He also experienced anger, distress, grief, and sorrow. Isn’t it comforting to know that our Savior understands everything we experience in our own lives?
Go Tell It
The birth of Jesus is not just any birth because He is not just any person. Jesus is…
- God in human form
- Sent by the Heavenly Father
- To establish a personal and eternal relationship with anyone who will receive His Son, Jesus Christ.
This Good News is impossible to keep to ourselves. This is life changing news. Jesus came for all kinds of people. On earth He touched the poor and the rich, young and the old, Jew and the Gentile, women and men, rulers and the oppressed.
As followers we are to continue to tell others the Good News. He is still changing lives today.
Go tell it on the mountain Over the hills and everywhere Go tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born!