Those words are some of the most well-known words of the Christmas story, the announcement of Christ's birth to the shepherds. Christ was born in a manger, yet he was still wrapped in the strips of cloth that babies were traditionally wrapped in, protecting him from catching his arms and legs on something. He was the king of the world, God made flesh, yet Mary, Joseph, and probably Mary's midwife, although she's not mentioned, brought him into the world in that animal stable.
This is the most significant love story of all time. The God of creation, the son who was there from the beginning, and whom all of creation was created, born in such a humble spot. Maybe being among his creation was the most comforting. We can only speculate. What's clear though is that Jesus was born out of God's love and born through Mary's love. The proclamation to the shepherds proved that his birth was one of all people, of all time, in all places.
When Christ came, he made it, so economic class and social standing didn't matter anymore. Things like Jew and Gentile were irrelevant. The only thing that mattered to God from that point on was if you had a relationship with him. That personal relationship with God is something that anyone can afford. It is the highest gift of love ever given.
This Christmas, how have you showed others how much God loves them? That's the most important ask for us at Christmas. We are supposed to help Christ be brought into the world again every year through our actions of kindness. We are to show people, no matter who they are that God loves them.
Things to Consider:
- Have you ever thought about how the world hears Christian views? Why do you think they respond that way?
- How are we all in some way "the poor" to whom Jesus brings his good news?
- What's a way you can show love to someone else during the rest of the holiday season?
Advent Conspiracy, Rick McKinley & Chris Seay, p. 139: Love All Discussion Questions.
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