A Humble King
Luke 2:13-15 (NLT) Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Oh what that day must have been like - the very first Christmas - an army of angels appeared praising God for the birth of a savior. A baby born during a time of infanticide (the killing of all infants), whose parents had to flee to find a safe place to have the baby which was among the animals. He fulfilled prophecies that were over 600 years old (Isaiah 7:14), some 1400 years old (Gen 49:10) just at His miraculous birth. A new-born king who came humbly to the earth to save those He created, with the ultimate sacrifice as the game plan - shedding innocent blood so we, mere-sinners, can be redeemed and spend eternity in Heaven with Him.
There is indeed no greater love than this. He made a way for us to be saved even though we don't deserve it… what a wonder the birth of this baby king is - and to Mary, saying yes to God as a teenage girl and having to go through labor next to the animals.. all the details of this King, this God, this Immanuel… words cannot describe Him enough, He is the Messiah, the Almighty One, the Savior of the World… He is absolutely worthy of our praise!
"Who among us will celebrate Christmas correctly? Whoever finally lays down all power, all honor, all reputation, all vanity, all arrogance, all individualism beside the manger; whoever remains lowly and lets God alone be high; whoever looks at the child in the manger and sees the glory of God precisely in his lowliness." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German Theologian)