Our verse for today comes from Luke 2:7, ” And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. “
When you have six children like we do, the odds are pretty good for having an interesting birth story, or two. Now, we don’t have anything like a baby being delivered in the car on the way to the hospital, or me delivering my own child in our home. We did, though, have one that wanted to come out before we could leave for the hospital. As we waited for my mother-in-law to arrive and stay with our other kids, my wife was more than ready. And as such, she had this overwhelming urge to use the restroom. But I forbad her, fearing that her visit to the restroom would produce far more than what she expected. And when we finally reached the hospital, the doctor barely got her gown on before catching our child entering the world on her own terms. Several years prior, our firstborn arrived in late January, and it turned out to be Superbowl weekend while we were in the hospital. And so I figured to catch a little of the game while my wife rested and the baby slept. Little did I know, nor could I believe, that the hospital did not have the FOX network on its television. As I walked from one empty room to the next, checking the tv’s, I was flabbergasted that the most-watched event of the year was not being shown in that hospital.
Jesus had His own interesting birth story. Even if He left out the part about coming down from heaven, He still could point to His unusual beginnings away from home, yet not in an inn, and spending His first nights sleeping in a feeding trough. It’s not the expected arrival for a king. Certainly Caesar, who ordered the census that brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, didn’t begin his life in a manger. But Jesus did. His siblings may have even teased Him about it while trying to get a laugh from their friends. Today Jesus still has a story. And it’s meant to be shared. From His miraculous birth to His miraculous resurrection, the story needs to be shared. Find someone to share it with.
As we seek Him today, let the transcendent truth of Jesus’ story flow from your life and into another’s. some good news with someone today.
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