“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.” Luke 2:7
Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem for Caesar’s census, registering in the town of their own ancestors. Yet ironically, no one accounted for their presence. Lowly and poor, they weren’t welcomed them at anyone’s door. How can this be that the Son of God could be so overlooked? Obscure and unrecognized, the Lord Jesus was born in a manger.
From the day of His birth to the last moments of His death, Jesus Christ adopted a level of humility that ran contrary to every established pattern of the world. The King was born among the lowly and crucified in the place of sinners. The Son of God, although entitled to all glorious things in heaven and on earth, led a life of extraordinary simplicity. Stepping down from His place of glory into the most humble home, He lovingly extends His hand toward the most unexpected audiences. Jesus, King of Heaven, came to save the lowly, the downtrodden, forgotten, and the broken. This truly is the most profound Christmas gift.