We’ve all heard of ‘rags to riches’ stories but the story of the coming of our Lord is, in reality, a ‘riches-to-rags’ story. He left the glory of Heaven to come to this planet. He could have been born in a most elegant mansion. He could have had high society parents who boasted of their pedigree. He could have had the finest clothes from the most exclusive shops. He could have had an army of angel servants to respond to His every whim.
But He had none of that. Instead, Jesus humbled Himself. The Creator of the universe - born in a stable in Bethlehem. And, 2 Corinthians 8:9 explains why: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” In Christ, God came into our world and was like any other baby who needed to be cradled, nurtured, and protected.
Sadly, in many ways, the Christmas story has been romanticized. May we be careful not to do that because, those who do so, miss its raw, powerful meaning. God Almighty was born on the dirt floor of a filthy, smelly stable. Jesus left heaven to come to a stable filled with animals.
He took His place in that manger so that we might have a home in Heaven with Him.