Today’s Scripture is from Luke 2:6-7.
And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
God chose for his son to be born in a manger. It was well within the power of the Creator of the universe to have been born into the family of a an earthly king, or at the very least in a decent room that was not designed for farm animals. Yet God chose for the savior of mankind to come into this world in a poor family who had to deliver him in a barn because there was no room for them.
That God would become poor on our behalf, that he would be born in a manger to a family that was by no means special, is something that we all may celebrate in. The idea that a man could be born into poor circumstances is not news to anyone, but that God would choose such a humble beginning, that he would take on the roll of a poor servant… This is a rallying call for all that we serve a God who not only knows us, but knows what it is to be us. This is a not a God who watches from a far, but who walks among us and intervienes in our lives. This is good news and it is worth celebrating.