Consider the absolute humility of God as He chose to enter into this world as “baby Jesus.” Marvel over his humble beginnings, surrounded by obscurity, unwanted, rejected of men, and laid in a “manger” (φάτνη) – a word used in stark contrast to an “inn” (κατάλυμα), that is, a place designed for the reception of men (Luke 2:7). Meditate, then, on the glory and sheer paradox of God’s love! “Baby Jesus” is the perfect disguise to hide the truth from the proud eyes of the flesh, though the humble of heart can see… “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn (στραφῆτε) and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3). What would do without the gift of God, friends? What hope would we truly have? Regardless of the exact anniversary of his birth, thank God that our LORD and Messiah was willing to be born into this dark world to offer Himself as our great High Priest, our beloved Savior, and our Eternal Redeemer!

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