A Child...

This is the second in a series of three quick devotional posts highlighting this amazing passage from Isaiah 9:6. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.”

The divine, all-powerful, creator of the world, God himself, chose to enter the world as a helpless baby. The circumstances of his birth were incredibly challenging for his young parents. Mary gave birth without a clean or safe place to stay, far from home and away from her mother or older female relatives who would surely have helped with the birth had she been in her home.

No servants scurried to make the birth easier. No kingdom anxiously awaited an announcement of a royal birth. Jesus came into the world appearing helpless, powerless, and ordinary. God’s plan must have seemed mysterious to Mary and Joseph as they sat alone near the animals. He sent a baby to rescue the world.

God’s plans often look strange to us. We don’t always see the ultimate plan, or the reasons for his work. However, we know that God’s plan was perfect. He sent Jesus to save you. Bask in the glory of God’s perfect plan.

Read Philippians 2:6-11.

In what ways was the birth of Christ humbling?

What does the passage say should be the reaction to this amazing news?

How can you respond appropriately today?