“She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn”.
Lk 2:7 NIV
It is Christmas Day. It is a time to celebrate the most stupendous episode in the history of the human race. Amongst all the things his adoring followers will do on this day, worship is far and away the most important. Ancient as the story is, it gets told anew to each new generation. It never loses its wonder. Somehow, the story of God becoming man, a man, still captivates us, young and old alike.
In the story we become aware “of the rough simplicity of the birth of the Son of God. We might have expected that, if the Son of God had to be born into this world at all, it would be in a palace or a mansion. There was a European monarch who worried his court by often disappearing and walking incognito amongst his people. When he was asked not to do so for security’s sake, he answered, ‘I cannot rule my people unless I know how they live’. It is the great thought of the Christian faith that we have a God who knows this life we live because he too lived it, and claimed no special advantage over common people” (W. Barclay, The Gospel of Luke, p18).
With all the complicated theories, with all the deep lessons, and with all the puzzling life of the church that surround the person of Jesus Christ, at heart it is still a simple story of love, devotion, and a baby’s birth. Enjoy it in all its beauty and splendour.
Lord, come and live again in our world of today.