“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12
I love reading the account of the birth of Jesus. I know that the Son was always with the Father (John 1:1). Before the birth of Jesus, the Son was. He is not a created being. He is not one who is born; rather, he is God who always was and always will be—one with the Father and the Spirit. The Son of God came to earth in the form of a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Of all the ways that Almighty God could make an entrance into His created world, He does it in a manger, in a small town, where He invites a group of shepherds, through an angel, to come and see the Great Shepherd. They kneel in wonder and amazement and Mary ponders it all in her heart.
Glory to God in the highest. Jesus is born. We have a Savior. The promised Messiah has arrived to set His people free forever—in a most unexpected way. But isn’t that God? And aren’t you glad? I am grateful that God is bigger than my expectations and that He is doing immeasurably more than I can imagine. That is what this birth represents—a bigger answer than I could ever have hoped for, coming in an unexpected way.
Father, thank you for sending Jesus. Jesus, thank you for humbling Yourself to come. Holy Spirit, thank you for coming upon Mary. Thank you for the birth that was needed for the restoration of all things. Amen.