“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 
and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. 
She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger,
because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, 
keeping watch over their flocks at night.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, ‘Do not be afraid. 
I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign to you; you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, 
praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.'”
Luke 2:6-14
 
 
How unfathomable. Fully human, yet fully God.
 
Born in a stable and laid in a manger. Think about that for a moment. The inn is full so imagine what the stable had to be like – filled to capacity. Loud. Filthy. And the stench must have been unbearable. A baby could get lost in a place like that.
 
And still he came.
 
Our lives are very much like that stable. Loud and filthy. Crowded and messy. With very little room for him. Where certainly a baby could get lost.
 
And still he came.
 
When he knew he would be rejected. When he knew he would take the weight of all of our ugliness as a crown of thorns upon his head and lashes upon his back. When he knew that weight would carry him to the cross because his love for us would settle for nothing less.
 
And still he came.
 
The dawn of grace. Grace wrapped in flesh. The ultimate love song sung just for me and just for you.
 
 
 
This is how God showed his love among us;
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
1 John4:9

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