If I had to pick one word to describe the conditions of the birth of our Savior it would be “humble.” A scenario not at all expected by the people He came to save.
1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judæa: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
I just finished reading a book about Mary by Francine Rivers. It is historical fiction but I love how her books have better helped me understand and apply the culture of that time to the Bible stories I thought I knew.
From that book and others I’ve read about Christ’s birth it is clear that the way Christ came and the mission He came to fulfill were quite different from what His people expected. They truly expected a literal King, a ruler, and a military leader. And yet I have thought lately that maybe the circumstances of His birth were the only way that even the most common of people could relate to Him and identify with Him enough to trust Him with their common problems.
His willingness to condescend from His heavenly throne and come to the world as a baby, walk the streets of Jerusalem as a man, grievously suffer as He atoned for my sins and yours, and give up His life on the cross is the greatest demonstration of humility and love the world could ever know. Oh what majesty was demonstrated by the deepness of His humility!
And it is only in genuine humility that we can truly come to know our Savior and draw His presence and power into our lives.
Song: How Many Kings by Downhere
Song: The New Born King by Paul Baloche
Challenge: What can you do to increase your own humility and genuinely connect with the Savior today?