As I was reading over the Luke 2 passage, I was reminded of when my older brother and I were little, and as part of school, my mom had us memorize Luke 2:1-20. Eventually, we were able to recite every word simultaneously! So, I am very familiar with the passage.
Anyway, I read it in preparation for this post, and what struck me was the simplicity in which the birth of Christ is described. No fanfare, no drama, not even one of the rare biblical exclamation points. Jesus’ birth, one of the most important events ever, is described here.
And she 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, KJV
And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. – Matthew 1:25, KJV
But that’s the way Jesus is. Humble. I have talked in other posts about his power and how we should fear him (in the proper way), but one of the things that makes God such a perfect God is his humbleness. God is the ultimate example for us in every way.
Not only is Jesus’ birth described in a humble fashion, it occurred in a humble fashion, as you know. Jesus was born, most likely in a cave, to poor, young parents, and placed in a feeding trough. Those who came to worship him were smelly, rough workers and animals.
Jesus and his family had to escape to Egypt from the evil King Herod when he was very little, and stay there until Herod died (and they probably weren’t living richly as refugees in Egypt). When they returned to Israel, Jesus worked hard as a carpenter until he started his ministry; during his ministry, the masses surrounded him and he gave himself to them, teaching, feeding, and healing. And finally, Jesus gave his life in the most horrific way anyone has ever died. For us.
For his entire life, Jesus was humble and selfless. He devoted his life to others around him. Now, isn’t that what we all should focus on doing? A big theme of Christmas is giving, but I’m going to try to give , Jesus-style, all year long.
Again, have a very merry Christmas, everybody!
How do you focus on giving?