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December 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords Born in a Manger?

All of Israel seemed to look forward to the birth of the Messiah as a deliverer, but they missed it; His birth seemed to happen in spite of and them right in their face.  It seems one of the only celebrative notice we have record of from the so called religious of that day was of Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:25-38).  Simeon’s prayer was a blessing in itself; “Lord, now lettest thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:  For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.”

It wasn’t done in a corner or in secret, it had been prophesied almost from the foundation of the world in Gen 3:15 where the seed of the woman was prophesied to bruise the serpent’s head.   A heavenly host had filled the sky saying “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward man”.

It seems difficult to find a wink or a nod to the religious hierarchy of the day.  The scripture doesn’t seem to share anything of Mary’s qualification beyond the humble, submissive answer she gave the angel “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me according to they word” (Luke 1:38)  Mary did give us some insight when we read, "And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.  He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.  He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever." (Luke 1:50-54)

He was God in the flesh, but he was born in a manger, likely in a barn with animals, because there was no room in the inn.  There was no room for the creator of the ends of the earth?   Surely his advance team had overlooked something; but the advance team was God himself.  The humbleness is 100% pervasive; we’re meant to “get it”.  The humbleness carried through his life:  “And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”  (Luke 9:58) 

The announcement of his birth was not to the ‘in’ crowd, or the king, but to lowly shepherds in the field.  The birth illustrates there is absolutely no respect of persons with God, and certainly not according to man’s hierarchy.  “For there is no respect of persons with God” (Rom 2:11).  …and we can’t have respect of persons either: “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” (James 2:9)

Every part of Jesus’ birth and life seems to confirm James 4:5 and 1 Peter 5:5: “Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”    “…but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.  (Luke 16:15)

He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:11-12)  

We want to live in a way to receive Him daily in our heart and life.

Bro. David Cosby


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