Imagine what Mary was thinking. Gazing into the face of baby Jesus.
To her, it must’ve seemed unreal. Here, she had her new baby boy, swaddled up, peacefully sleeping in her cradling arms. How could she fathom that this little life she had just brought into the world, was the King of Kings. Such a magnificent personification, as a sleeping infant in her arms.
The promises that “He will save his people from their sins”, that he is “King of the Jews”, “Immanuel..God with us”, that “Out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel”, “ therefore the child to be born will be called holy – the Son of God”, must have been racing through her head as she stood there with her precious little baby boy.
Now, you would think the king of kings our savior would have a more spectacular entrance than simply that. A stable filled with animal odor, wrapped up in cloth and placed in a manger, isn’t an entrance fit for a King. The people were expecting a ruler, a conqueror, to come down from heaven. But instead, He came as a little baby, born
to a meek teenage girl, and a carpenter; born in a stable because there wasn’t even enough room in the Inn.
Why would Jesus, King over all heavens and Earth, come as a baby in such humble circumstances?
He had to be fully human, yet fully divine. He had promised that he knows what we go through.
“ For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
“For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.”
He had to be both. His divinity is shown through the virgin birth. His coming and growing as a child shows his humanity. He grew facing all the challenges we have to. He wanted to sympathize with us, be an honest example for us. So he went through life fully human while all at the same time being fully God; the King of Kings.
Now this Christmas, he wants to also be king over your life. King over your stress, king over your family issues, king over your temptations you can’t seem to get rid of, even king over your finals. He came to Earth as a blameless, perfect, swaddled baby that one silent night, to live and to die a brutal death on the cross in order to pay the price
you and I could not. From his time of birth to his death, he did it all for you. He did it so that this Christmas, you might just let him be the king of your heart. I urge you this Christmas, let him be the king of your life and you will never be the same.