I can’t imagine making a trip like Mary and Joseph did right before Jesus was born. Caesar Augustus issued a decree requiring a census to be taken of the entire Roman world. Traveling by foot and donkey, they made the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem; this distance was approximately 90 miles! Ladies, I don’t know about you, but when I was close to my due date there’s no way I could have done that! My heart breaks to think about how uncomfortable this must have been for young Mary.
Every time I read this story I’m amazed by so many things but one of the biggest is how God chose to announce the birth of His son. You would think that Jesus would have arrived with lots of pomp and circumstance but instead, he was born in a lowly barn where animals lived, and placed in a manger that was a feeding trough for the animals. Jesus left the glory and incredible beauty of heaven to take on human flesh – to be like us. And the first people that heard about His birth were shepherds.
Imagine being out in a field at night, tending sheep, when all of a sudden, you are blinded by a bright light and an angel appears. Can you imagine how shocked and startled the poor shepherds must have been! And then they were given the most amazing news they had ever heard: “A Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”
I love that God chose to first share the good news of his Son’s arrival with ordinary people. I love that Mary and Joseph were ordinary people. God can be found in the ordinary of our lives but we often expect Him in the extraordinary and miss Him altogether. Every beautiful sunset or sunrise, every new birth, every changed life is evidence of His existence and His presence. Jesus is called Immanuel which means “God is with us”. Jesus’ birth was the beginning of a rescue mission for us, to prove that He is not only with us, but for us. Don’t miss Him in your “ordinary” today. He is with us.
Kim Feld Director of Small Group Ministry