Finally, a little to think, and pray.
God made an unassuming entrance into our little world. The creator became the creation. You would think his entrance would have been grandiose. Instead, it was humiliating.
He was born into a blue color, working class family. It was a really bad time to have a baby, in middle of a difficult journey to register for a government mandated census. And it was a terrible place to give birth, a barn that sheltered the animals. Geographically, it was also a terrible place to born, as his people were heavily taxed and oppressed by a cruel occupying military superpower.
He did have a few visitors though: shepherds, but even they were considered to be the dregs of society by respectable people.
He had no status, no money, no respect.
He is one who identifies with people who have no status, no money, no respect.
He would go on to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comforted.” Railing against the religious power brokers and oppressors, finding new ways to anger the respectable and reach out to the untouchables. He was generally hated by the powerful and loved by common people.
On him, his birth, his life, his death, his resurrection hangs everything, trusting he is who he said. It changes the trajectory of our life now and forever.
He showed us there is no way to be good enough to be acceptable by God, because he accepts us as we are.
And if you really think about it, this is the warmest Christmas feeling of all.
Merry Christmas friends!