The First Christmas- Messy but Glorious
Have you ever wondered what the first Christmas was like, or what gave birth to it? It was a messy Christmas really, and no one would have thought that what happened in a little town of Bethlehem would become what the whole world will still be celebrating thousands of years after its occurrence.
Mary the mother of Jesus came to be counted in a census being pregnant, her time came for her to give birth, and because of lack of space the only place available was in a manger; the place only fit for goats and sheep (Luk 2:6-7).
She gave birth to the child who had been ordained to save the world, a child that angel foretold his birth, and that was conceived not according to the will of man but that of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, The King of kings and Lord of lords.
Come to think of it, why would the Savior of the world chose to be born in a manger and not in a palace? Because His coming was for everybody; both the high and the low, meaning that even if your situation is so bad that it is comparable to life in a manger, Jesus had you in mind when He came so that His life can touch you, meaning that no one has been neglected in His great plan for man.
Jesus was born in a messy place, a reminiscent of the world that He came to save. He came for people whose lives have become a mess as a result of sin. He proved to us that He is the Great Shepherd, and that He has come for His sheep, to rescue them from the wolves of this world, and to lead them safely home.
The angels came down in great numbers to announce His birth to the shepherds who were watching their sheep by night and told them “this shall be a sign unto you…” Jesus is a sign that God loves the world and has come to save it, a sign that God will stop at nothing to redeem us unto Himself, and a sign that He has not written off anyone especially the lowly.
The Bible went further to confirm this when Apostle Paul said that He chose to be a servant instead of trying to grab equality with God, He stooped low to wash the feet of His disciples, never built a house or worldly fame for Himself, but chose to make Himself of no reputation, all because He has to reach us in our spiritually lowly state and take us to the height of glory, joy, and peace, that God ordained for us.
Little wondered those angels said, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:14)
The first Christmas was messy and unrecognized, but thank God it was, because it fulfilled the purpose of God to bring salvation into the world.