I have a Nativity that I love to get out of the box every Christmas. It’s delicate because it's made of porcelain so I’m extra careful as I retrieve each piece from its styrofoam home. Setting up the Nativity always makes me think about the real Nativity and how these ordinary people became part of God’s redemption story.
It was just another ordinary night for the little town of Bethlehem when Jesus entered this world without an earthly grand celebration. There would be no gender reveal party, no baby showers, no hospital stay given to these two worn out, dirty, weary travelers. The shepherds were minding their business tending sheep when the angels announced His birth, no blue dust was used. The Magi would later come and shower Jesus with gifts of frankincense, gold, and myrrh. There was no hospital room with midwives and nurses, just a barn filled with animals, a dirty stable floor with a watering trough, called a manger, used as a bed because there was no room for them at the local Inn.
That Silent night love came down. Emanuel, God with us! When Jesus was born He brought hope from Heaven with Him. He would reveal himself in His own time, bringing us the gift of salvation, showering us with the greatest love we’ve ever known, and He made room at the cross for us all!
We are just ordinary people who have been invited to become part of God’s amazing redemption story. This incredibly special baby has changed everything! This Christmas I hope you see yourself in the Nativity story, delicately made, set on display, to be filled with His Spirit so that through you the world will see Jesus.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Luke 2: 13-14
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.