"...look again at both the miraculous birth and the atoning death of Christ Jesus, and know God loves you.."
"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
Jesus Christ, the King of kings, was born in a lowly stable, and had a manger for a bed. He was not born in a palace or a mansion, nor was He laid in a silk covered feather bed. He came into this world in the most humble way, the lowest of births. Outside of the shepherds, there was no fanfare, no big stir in the community, no paparazzi. He was born to a young unknown girl, who was married to a simple carpenter, in a stable at the town where they were visiting. It was a lowly, obscure birth.
This is amazing! For our salvation, Jesus went from the glory and perfection of the Father, to be born in a stable. To leave the eternal presence and communion of the Father to take on the form of fallen man. He left the place where there is no sin to dwell in this sin cursed world. He laid aside His authority and took on the life of a servant. He, to whom all creation bowed, placed Himself under the care and authority of a young maiden and her husband. And He did this for you and me.
Jesus was born into this world to redeem mankind. He came for us. This is the greatest act of love mankind has ever seen or experienced. For God so loves us He sent His only Son for us to reveal His love for us by redeeming us from sin to Himself. How can we turn such love away? Why do we so often run from this love? Why do we fight so hard for our own way? Why are we so distrusting of His love? So many in the church struggle with these things because they see their sin, failures, and weakness as greater than God. But I say to you today, to look again at both the miraculous birth and the atoning death of Christ Jesus, and know God loves you. You will see that in His love, He has gone to the extreme for you, and can and will save all who come to Him in faith.