The scripture reading for today is Luke 2:7, KJV.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”
So, our savior had a truly modest entrance into the world. This wasn't how a worldly future king would be welcomed. There would be fanfare and many people coming to admire him. Big proclamations and announcements!
It would be about 30 years before his baptism by John, during which time Jesus was a carpenter, a tradesman. When Jesus was baptized and then prayed, "the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, “Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased."
Jesus must have been preparing, a reminder that faith takes time to grow and be shaped and ripen. In addition, many others did not see God in this lowly child.
To me, one of the most important teachings in the Gospels is that Jesus saw all people as children of God, worthy of God's love and redemption, even those Jewish society determined were disfavored by God because of their afflictions.
We are called to love as Jesus loved and to keep our eyes open for that child who is born in the stable, someone who might be in need or struggling, who might be missed if we don't keep our eyes out for them.
Lord, As this advent season ends with Christmas, help us to keep our Advent spirit of charity and grace towards all others.
Greg Barnett firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Peace throughout the areas of the world torn by violence and strife.