He could have come with a full entourage. Proclaiming His power to the world. Demanding we submit to His mighty hand.
Poor lighting. No midwife.
Dirt floors with an aroma of animal excrement.
That’s how my Savior presented Himself.
He didn’t deserve it.
I do, but He didn’t.
If that doesn’t show how selfless His love is. If that doesn’t reveal the lengths He’d go to ensure not one soul’s left behind, I don’t know what would.
Jesus bent lower than God has asked of any of us.
No one has a worse birth story. And no one exemplifies the beauty of life greater than He and His inexperienced mother.
We look at that stable today and see beauty. Pure redemption.
We look at Jesus’ birth and receive
a glimpse of how God sees us all.
Oh how He loves us.
He doesn’t see our mess, our unsterilized hearts. He sees hope.
God sees a life worth saving.
With the power of a lion, He came in like a lamb. Desperate for a mother’s breast.
Just like any of us.
If that doesn’t explain how willing He is to walk in our shoes. See the world how we see it. Feel the pain we experience. Taste temptation we’re presented with every day, I don’t know what will.
I look at the wrapped baby in a feeding trough
and my heart implodes with love.
For life so small and yet so great.
For an unobtrusive King willing to take my place.
And I can’t help but say ‘yes’ to His open hand extending an invitation to give me what this world can’t offer.
Friends, I pray you take time this Christmas season to get to know that babe in a manger more. Look at Him. Discover His mannerisms. Recognize His capabilities. Realize the depths He’d go to redeem you.
He could have come with a full entourage. But He didn’t have to.
He’s more than enough.
If He didn’t prove how much He could handle. If Him becoming vulnerable, reliant, helpless doesn’t show you how powerful He truly is, I don’t know what will…
(Subscribers, click here to listen in on one of my favorite Christmas songs pictured below)
Featuring Audrey Assad and Chris Tomlin
How about you, friend? What do you see when you contemplate our Savior’s birth? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.
NOTE: I shared some thoughts on this song last year as well. You may see that post HERE.