Bible Reference: Luke 2:6-7
Translation: The Passion Translation (TPT)
Bible Text: 6–7 When they arrived in Bethlehem, Mary went into labor, and there she gave birth to her firstborn son. After wrapping the newborn baby in strips of cloth, they laid him in a feeding trough since there was no available space in any upper room in the village.
OBSERVATION: I found it amazing to be reminded of the story surrounding the beginning of our Savior’s life, then compare it to the story surrounding the death of our Master and Lord. He was born and wrapped in strips of cloth, compared to His death being also wrapped in strips of cloth. There was no guest room available for Mary to give birth to our Lord, compared to the borrowed tomb in which our Lord was placed after His death. Yet His birth was worthy of prophecies hundreds of years earlier, and His death resulted in eternal life for all who would accept Him right up to and including this very day! Oh what a Savior!
APPLICATION: If you were told that a member of royalty was having a baby, and you wanted to visit to show your love, I’m sure that you would go to the most popular hospital with the most proficient doctors, knowing for sure that the mother and child would be there. If you were to try and identify the mother and child as they left the hospital, you would look for the best dressed mother who would leave in the newest and most expensive car, wouldn’t you? But in our Scripture today, we are reminded that the mother of Jesus had to make up a bed in a stable – perhaps unlike what we may call a stable today, but it was a place where the animals laid at night. The Savior of the world was therefore born in a stable – a very humble beginning for One would would be referred to as the King of all kings! What I found most interesting as I read the story again, is that Mary wrapped the baby in ‘strips of cloth’. I know, it has always been a part of the Christmas readings, and nothing has changed. But something that immediately came to mind is that Jesus was again wrapped in ‘strips of cloth’ for His burial also. The other thing that I believe God wanted me to really grasp this time around, is that there was no normal accommodations found for the birth of His Son. Now, I really don’t feel like that’s to make us feel sorry for Jesus, but it made me realize that after Jesus was crucified, there was also a search for someone to bury Him, and a burial site to place Him. Friends, our Savior came to this world in perhaps the most humbling location, to an unmarried couple. He died a shameful death, hanging on a cruel cross, and was buried in a borrowed grave. Yes, Christians celebrate each of these events – at Christmas and at Easter, but I believe that God wants us to know that He would have climbed every mountain, or crossed every ocean to satisfy the need of mankind to have a personal relationship with the Savior of the world. For He was sent to us especially so that those who accept Him might enjoy a relationship with the King of all kings here on earth, and to also confirm our eternal destination when we are called out of this world. There are many songs that come to mind as I write this: What a friend we have in Jesus; He’s my Rock; I’ll fly away; Face to face with Jesus; etc, etc. To my Christian friends, rejoice with me today that regardless of how our Lord entered this earth, and how He was cruelly treated at His death, He did it all just for us! We have a hope while we are alive, and we have an even greater hope knowing where we are going, and with whom we will spend eternity! It just don’t get any better than that!! To my friends who have yet to accept Jesus as Lord, please be reminded that you have no assurance of tomorrow, or even the next minute, for our Savior can return at any moment. Prophecies are aligned for His coming soon, so please consider my Lord while you are able to. He created you, and He loves you more than anything imaginable. Just like any earthly father, my Lord would be overjoyed to have all of His children around His feet on Judgment Day. That includes you, my friend, but only you can initiate that for yourself. I encourage you to do just that today. Please contact me, or use the tips in my Footnote to help you meet my Savior personally. Your life will never be the same!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, Your coming to this world to save sinners such as I, is beyond anything that anyone else could do for us. I would humbly ask that just as you healed the sick and raised the dead, that You express Your awesome power yet again today and touch the hearts of all who will meditate on this devotional. For those who will need to meet You for the first time, please miraculously touch their heart; convince them of their sin and the subsequent need to ask for forgiveness of their sin. Lord touch Your children today, for our witness is more important today than ever before. People need the Lord. Oh that they may clearly see Him in our lives, and want to know our Lord and Savior. AMEN!