But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

Luke 2:10-16

No shortcuts or privilege. That’s how our God entered the world. The angel came to declare the Gospel, the good news, that the savior, heir of David, Messiah, and Lord was born, and the sign was that they would find him swaddled and lying in a feeding trough. 

They came to Bethlehem because there was a decree for all Jews to be registered, and since Joseph was from the line of David they had to leave Nazareth and go to Bethlehem. This was the infamous city that was prophesied as the birthplace of the Messiah. It’s interesting that they sought to stay in an inn, because if this was where Joseph was registering you would think he would have family that would allow them to stay. Perhaps his family had disowned him at this point because of his marriage to Mary in spite of her getting pregnant beforehand. Nonetheless, there was no room in the inn and so they perhaps stayed in a sort of barn.

Mary went into labor and when the baby was born they laid him in a manger. The circumstances for the life of Jesus are reminders that when he came he identified with the lowest of low. He was born into nothing and he would ultimately die a criminal’s death so that he could relate with every single person on the earth. No matter who you are, no matter your circumstance, God understands from personal experience the depth of human suffering, and he will take it completely upon himself so as to redeem it.


The Worship Initiative

Our hearts ache when nations rage
Our tears fall when families break
When kingdoms rise against Your name
When darkness seems to win the day

we sing, “come, Lord Jesus
come and save us
come, Lord Jesus, come
come, Lord Jesus
keep us faithful
come, Lord Jesus come”

When death comes staring face to face
Our enemies plot in vain
Our life and times are in Your hands
You hold them all until the end

You’re my present help
And my future hope
One thing I know
You’ll always be with me

Your grace alone
Anchors my soul
One thing I know
You’ll always be with me