MONDAY, DECEMBER 14
“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.”
Luke 2:4-5 (ESV)
Luis Palau tells of a wealthy European family that decided to have their newborn baby baptized in their enormous mansion. Many people were invited, it was an elegant and elaborate affair. They took off their coats and laid them on the bed in a designated room and soon the time came for the main purpose of their gathering, but no one could find the baby!
To the horror of all they finally found the baby, it was now buried under the pile of coats, jackets, and furs, nearly smothered to death. The baby was alive, but they had neglected the main purpose of the celebration. If we bury Jesus under our traditions, our families, our good works, our emotions, our music, our programs, or our rotten self, we truly miss the reason for the season.
The birth of Jesus was anything but an elaborate affair. We were reminded on Sunday that the road Joseph and Mary took was rough in many ways. It involved an unexpected pregnancy, an unexpected census and a terribly long journey. Even the arrival of Jesus reminds us that Jesus didn’t just come for the elaborate celebrations but the rough journeys we all travel at times. Ultimately, Jesus was born to deal with the ugliness and destruction of sin.
Have you been busy preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus but neglected “the baby”? In what ways has this year been a rough road for you? In what ways can you relate to the challenges of the journey that Joseph and Mary faced in preparing for the arrival of baby Jesus?
Thank Jesus for leaving the glory and majesty of heaven for our sake. Thank Him for becoming a man and experiencing the rough roads of life and sympathizing with our struggles. Thank Him for being powerful enough to change our destiny.