Humble Beginnings Tuesday, December 21, 2021
“And while [Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem], the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger because there was no lodging available for them.”
Luke 2: 6-7
In his humble birth, our savior Jesus Christ fulfilled God’s eternal plan for world redemption. His meek beginning, in an ordinary manger, among commoners, is of immense significance. It embodies a profoundly moving truth that speaks of His humility by highlighting the powerful image of Jesus’ first bed, which was the place where God’s creatures came to eat.
Instead of coming to earth as a privileged ruler, Jesus was born in the lowliest of circumstances as one of us and humbled Himself as a servant to a prideful and thankless mankind. His incarnation reflects God’s character and heart. Through His journey on earth, Jesus strived to enrich our humanity with the radiance of God’s glory. His deity was not asserted over us. He did not insist on His rights and privileges to be honored, understood, or viewed rightly. He came as an infant to earn that righteousness for us.
Jesus did not choose humility only to fulfill the prophecy and accomplish a task on earth. Humility is part of His eternal nature. In this regard, humility should occupy a big portion of our heart today, a heart that mirrors Jesus. Humility is a magnet to God’s ongoing grace. We should embrace this important lesson by learning to clothe ourselves in noble garments and focus on the beauty of the lowliest to serve as Jesus did. Jesus asks us to open our hearts and make room for Him.
In this season, let us reflect on what it really means for the King of Kings to be born in a humble manger, live a humble life, and die a selfless death for our sins. By trusting him in humble obedience, we experience the wonder of that night in the little town of Bethlehem long ago, when a humble manger held the King of Kings. We shall open our hearts today, right here, right now for our savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Christmas Lutheran Church, Bethlehem
This devotional is a joint project between Christmas Lutheran (Bethlehem) and St. John’s (Salisbury, NC).