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O Come, Let Us Adore Him 19: Jesus Is Born

O Come, Let Us Adore Him – Advent Day 19- Jesus Is Born

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 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. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7, ESV)

The night was long—and isn’t that the way it often is when a mother is laboring over the birth of her child? Pain mixes with waiting, as each breath and contraction push toward that final moment, the moment a baby makes its way from the birth canal to the adoring eyes of its parents. And in that moment, the pain fades from view as they look at this new child with love and wonder. A mother will scan for fingers and toes and make sure everything looks right. Yes, in that moment, a new love is born—a love with a face and a name. 

Parents are a fiercely protective breed. We want what’s best for our children and do what we can to provide them every opportunity to grow and thrive. We feed them, snuggle them close, change and bathe them. We sing and read stories, and as they grow, we impart to them every bit of wisdom we hope to instill in their impressionable little minds. We desire to be loved in return, but even when it isn’t reciprocated the way we hoped and dreamed, love never ends. 

Mary and Joseph had hearts like ours. As they saw their tiny son emerge into the stillness of the night, they surely felt awe and wonder mingled with an incredible love—a love many of us are familiar with. But what was tremendously different in their situation was that this Child embodied love—He was love, is love! In Him, we are able to love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). This Child would provide for His family in a unique way that none other could. Essentially, their Child would be their long-awaited Deliverer, the One the world desperately needed to be set free from the curse of sin.

As we think on the scene of Christ’s birth, it brings up feelings of nostalgia and warmth as we meditate on the fulfillment of God’s promise—this Child who came to save us. Joseph and Mary didn’t fully understand all that would come to pass through their son, but they knew He was special, that He was the long-awaited Savior sent from God. They knew He was holy and unlike any other. But the love they felt for Him would hurt at times, too—when He would face rejection and betrayal, and eventually a cruel death on a cross. As parents, we often feel our deepest pain when our children suffer or perhaps even face death. The road ahead would be filled with joy, for sure, but also incredible sorrow.

As we spend time this Advent season going through the events surrounding the birth of Jesus, our prayer is that each of us would be refreshed with a new sense of wonder at this Christ-child. He left Heaven, took on human flesh, and came to live among us so that He could bridge the gap between God and sinners—you and me included. He was willing to obey the Father in the work He had for Him here because of His great love for us. This baby in the manger is our Deliverer! Does that make your heart swell with adoration? Has He delivered you? 

We are given in Scripture just a glimpse into the story of Jesus’ birth. Whether animals surrounded the birth scene, whether it was in a stable or perhaps even a cave we cannot be sure. What we can know is that it happened; God fulfilled His promise to mankind, and sent Heaven’s best to rescue us. Mary and Joseph both looked on in wonder and adoration as this Child who came from the womb would change the world forever. May our hearts be truly warmed by the birth of our Savior and may it cause us to worship and adore Him.

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