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And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
One of the saddest verses in the Bible is: “He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him” (John 1:10-11). “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth” (Act. 17:24) came for our temporal and eternal well-being and wasn’t welcomed or even recognized. Today’s verse is also one of those sad verses: “There was no place for them in the inn.”
However, we should never think that Jesus was randomly left to unfortunate or even tragic circumstances. Not at all! Instead, He “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped [to hold on to], but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:6-7). God humbled Himself to the level of His creation in order to save us.
That’s why Jesus said: “Learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29). He didn’t come to usurp His rightful authority, but to give His life away: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark. 10:45). Paul wrote: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).
God’s grace and humility is at the heart of Christmas. Jesus didn’t insist on His glorious position, seated on His eternal throne. Rather, He came and “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8). That’s the most amazing truth the world can ever receive. Those who long for peace do well to take note of that.
What about us? Is there room for Jesus in our lives or are we too busy with other things? Will we receive or reject Him? Our answer determines whether or not we can truly celebrate Christmas. Will we receive Jesus for who He is and for what He has accomplished? Then we can genuinely say with the angel: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14). If not, our celebration is as empty as empty can be.
The Devotional Writer
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