Luke 2:1-20
1 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. 8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior-yes, the Messiah, the Lord-has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others-the armies of heaven-praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” 15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We have all heard how God sent His Son to come to the earth as a baby.  But did you ever stop to think about the way He came?  He came to the lowliest of the lowly.  He came to an unclean place to unclean people.  He came in complete humility and yet the angels sang.  Because it wasn’t by human standards, but by God’s.  And our power, our strength, our wealth do not matter to God.  He wanted to come to all of mankind and not just those who thought they were worthy.  Because really, none of us is worthy. If He had come in great grandeur and wealth and power, only those who had these things would have received Him. But He came in the greatest humility, so all could accept and receive Him.  Shepherds at that time in Jewish history were considered very unclean.  In fact, they were not allowed in the Temple, because of their odor.  They were not allowed to testify in court because they were considered so low.  And yet the angels came to them first to tell the Good News of God becoming Man.  Jesus Christ is the complete fulfillment of all that God has promised for all people.  So none of us has a reason to reject His Gift of love, but many will because of the way He came.  Many do not want to lower themselves to level that Christ arrived. But it is not about us, it is about what God gave to us.  So put aside all that you think you know about God and think about how He came and then meet Him there.  Because it is only there that you will find Him and He is waiting for you.

Merry Christmas!