A Child is Born
by Rev. Tom Gray
So much of the Christmas story seems to defy typical expectations. For instance, we first meet God as a baby, not a man. If I wrote the story, he’d have been preaching from day one. And he came to the common folk, not the decision makers.
I love the scene of the shepherds in Zefferelli’s film, “Jesus of Nazareth.” When they come to the stable, the women keep barring the door because they don’t want a bunch of filthy shepherds near the baby. They had to keep telling the women ‘…but the angels told us…”
A persistent theme in Jesus’ story is that it wasn’t how we’d write it. He was born in a corral, not a castle. He associated with the poor, not the powerful. Everything about his early life points to his being of humble beginnings instead of Hollywood mega-fame.
Thank God for that difference. None of us can qualify for salvation. It has to be a gift. Jesus came humbly to the humble offering us the wealth of salvation and hope. No matter who you are, or what you have or haven’t been, you’re welcome at his table and into his kingdom.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
He didn’t come to do what we expected. He came to do infinitely more—even, no, especially for you..
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10;9