Christmas Memories – Advent Devotion
December 25, 2020
“For Unto Us, A Child Is Born”
Isaiah 9:6; Luke 2:1-7
Almost everyone is full of joy at the birth of a child. Above is a photo of my granddaughter, Taytum, taken on the day of her delivery last year. My daughter had a birthing suite in the hospital. There was plenty of room, and every medical device and medicine available to her and the baby. Doctors and nurses were coming and going, checking on my daughter before and mother and daughter after birth. After they went home, there were regularly scheduled appointments to check up on baby Taytum’s progress.
A little over 2000 years ago, a young girl named Mary was “great with child.” She and her husband didn’t have it relatively as comfortable as my daughter and granddaughter did.
The Birth of Jesus
“At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 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. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn Son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger because there was no lodging available for them.”
There was no birthing suite that night for Mary and her newborn child. There was no medical equipment or meds for pain. All Mary, Joseph, and the baby had was a stall in a barn, probably filled with animals, a feeding trough (manger) to lay the baby in, and cloths to wrap the newborn.
There was one other thing there on that special night. Actually, it wasn’t a thing; it was a who. God was there. He had prepared the world for this moment from the time of Adam and Eve. God’s love for His Son born of a virgin, in a manger, was there.
He (God) had fulfilled what Isaiah had prophesied 400 years earlier. Unto Mary and Joseph, a child was born. And as God had told Joseph in a dream, the baby’s name would be Jesus.
This baby was the Son of God, destined to save the world from its sinfulness by sacrificing Himself for you and me.
This baby born in Bethlehem was born, to die, for you and me.