And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. ~Luke 2:7
Today is Christmas! Around the world, Christians are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and His incarnation. His arrival signaled that the Saviour of the world was born. His birth brought holiness, hope, and happiness. Let us rejoice this morning in the birth of our Lord Jesus.
We see the work.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son.” Mary experienced the travail of birth in bringing our Lord into this world. Even though His conception was miraculously through the Holy Spirit, she still had to go through normal labor. First, Mary surrendered herself as the handmaiden of the Lord. She committed her life to the service of the Lord. Second, the idea that Mary “brought forth” teaches us that we must prioritize and plan on purpose to serve the Lord. Even though Christmas is a holiday on our calendar, we are to be always fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.
We see the wrapping.
Mary wrapped Jesus in swaddling clothes. Swaddling clothes were pieces of cloth that were used to wrap the arms, legs, and body of the Baby. They did not have sufficient clothing or blankets with which to wrap and keep the Baby warm. I see some wonderful thoughts in this. First, we need to be wrapped up in love with Jesus. Second, we need to occupy our thoughts and time with what is best for Jesus. Mary thought about what was best for Jesus at that moment. Third, let’s be careful not get wrapped up in things that can distract us from being devoted to our Lord.
We see the want.
The birth of our Lord occurred in poverty and extreme privation. He was born in a cave stall, where animals were kept out of the cold, due to the fact that the little inn at Bethlehem had no room for Mary, Jesus, and Joseph. He was wrapped in strips of cloth, as was mentioned earlier. He was laid in a horse trough with hay that animals ate and drank out of. Jesus entered this world in the most humbling of conditions. This is how our world welcomed Jesus into the world! Mary and Joseph did the best with what they could do. Jesus entered this world in a humble manner so that we would remember the simplicity and meekness by which He ministered to people.
We see the worship.
An angel and a heavenly host appeared to shepherds watching their flocks by night. Interestingly, shepherds were given a “first look” at Jesus! The angel brought a word of comfort and good tidings. He told them that the Saviour, Christ the Lord, was born that day. He told them how they would find the Christ Child. The heavenly host praised the Lord with an unmistakable message that gave glory to the Lord. Our worship must be spontaneous, spirited, and sacred. Jesus is not hard to find. The angel said, “Ye shall find the babe.” You can find Jesus if you take the time to come to Him. You can find Jesus waiting to receive your adoration.
We see the witness.
The shepherds came with haste, and when they had seen it, they made known abroad what they had seen. The coming of our Lord Jesus is to be told. We are to be excited and fervent witnesses of His appearance and atonement. It’s Christmas, and let us tell others that the Saviour of the world has come.
Have a Christ-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 John-Jude