The Word Made Flesh

And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them

Luke 2:7“And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.”

The eternal Word of God, creator of the cosmos,  stepped into His creation on that miracle night.

Fully divine yet fully human, the infant Messiah was born to redeem and reign over God’s people.

This long-awaited birth ushered in hope for the hopeless.

Yet Jesus made His entrance in startling humility, anonymity, and accommodating love.

The King of Kings was born not in a palace but a stable then cradled in an animal’s feeding trough. This humble birth foreshadowed His entire mission.

God with Us

Jesus left His throne to meet us in the mess and meanness of real life.

His willingness to enter this dark world signals that no place or people are beyond the reach of His transforming love.

Emmanuel came to be God with us – meeting us right where we are.

A Mother’s Love

Though Jesus is the mighty Son of God, He entered the world dependent on a mother’s care like any newborn.

With tender love, Mary wrapped the tiny Savior in strips of cloth, holding him close to nourish him.

Jesus relinquished His power to fully experience messy human frailty and vulnerability. He desires intimacy with us even in our weakest places. His heart is bound to us in understanding compassion.

Draw Near

Don’t hide your vulnerabilities from Jesus. He welcomes you just as you are, covering you in mercy.

Draw near to Him, confess your needs and unwrap your heart.

Nestle in His unconditional love and find your strength in surrendering weakness to Him.

An Unexpected Throne

The King of Kings was enthroned on a bed of hay, cradled in a trough where beasts fed. His first visitors were poor shepherds, not royalty.

Once again, Jesus upended human expectations of power and prestige.

He cares nothing for status, riches or achievement. Humility and love are the only credentials that impress Him. The Lord identifies with outcasts and elevates the lowly.

Throned in Your Heart

Is your heart a manger ready to receive the King this Christmas?

Make room to enthrone Him within. Clear out everything that competes for that sacred space.

Adore Jesus in the simple moments. He is knocking; open wide!

No Guest Room

Jesus was reluctantly born in a Bethlehem stable because there was no guest room for Mary and Joseph.

The true Lord of all was shockingly turned away to enter the world in despised poverty.

But this exclusion and inconvenience paved the way for later glory.

Christ’s ultimate sacrifice would tear down barriers to welcome all people into God’s family. No longer alienated, we have a home in Him.

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