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.
- Luke 2:10-12
For years they had heard about Him. They watched and waited. Prophets prophesied about Him and teachers taught about Him. I’m sure people speculated about how He would make His grand entrance. Would He be born in a palace? Surely to someone of royalty.
But it didn’t happen like that. On an ordinary night, to an ordinary woman, the Savior of the world was born (Luke 2:8-20).
I get chills when I think about it. If you read through the Gospels of the Bible (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), you quickly realize that Jesus’ entire existence flipped everyone’s view of God upside down. Jesus came to earth as an innocent baby boy. He lived an ordinary life, doing extraordinary things, demonstrating the heart of God.
When I think of Jesus’ life on earth I can’t help but wonder what it must’ve been like to be physically near Him. To see Jesus in the flesh and get a glimpse of God Himself. To see Him be fully human yet fully God. I think of the woman at the well, the adulterous woman, and the many miracles He performed.
Jesus was so approachable. So present. So kind to each and every person. He was nothing like they thought He would be, yet everything they never knew they needed.
Jesus is quite literally God’s gift to us all. He bridged the gap between us and God, and died an undeserving death so that we could be blameless in His sight. He tore the veil, brought heaven to Earth, and revealed the Heart of the Father.
Jesus showed us through His miracles and by using ordinary men (the disciples), that He is able to do a great work through each and every one of us. No matter who we are or what we’ve done.
Today I pray that you are able to feel the love of God and open your heart to understand just how far He was willing to go to spend eternity with you.
1. Read Luke 2:8-20. What goes through your mind? What do you think is revealed about God’s character through Jesus’ humble birth?
2. How do you view Jesus? Is He sitting up in Heaven looking down at you with disappointment? Or do you see Him as your gracious Savior?
3. What are some ways that you can grow in your intimacy with Jesus?
Jesus, we are thankful for You and the life You lived here on Earth. We are grateful for Your kindness and mercy towards us. We are thankful that You made a way for us to be close to You. Help us to see ourselves like You see us. Help us to grow in deeper intimacy and love with You. We love You, Lord. Amen
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This devotion originally appeared on Lane of Roses on March 13, 2018.