Open Windows A Guide For Personal Devotions ~ Lifeway ~ Monday, December 19
Matthew 1:21 King James Version (KJV)
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
The advent of the Christ was not idyllic. On the contrary, Jesus was born to be in the eye of the perfect storm. Amidst all the ceremony, it’s easy to forget the story. But you know it. It’s the one about an unwed, pregnant girl, whose fiance is not the Child’s father, giving birth to her Child in the company of mules and manure, visited by commoners, and later becoming refugees to Egypt to escape state-sanctioned terrorists who murdered babies.
Next time you look at the manger scene, remember that the grit of the story is not adequately represented by commercially-crafted figurines and cherubs, daintily lighting on the eave of a picturesque European-style, tiny-house stable.
Our world is a mess. Jesus was to be born in a mess. A mangled mess of taxes, terror, shame, gossip, poverty, insanity, and social misfits.
That’s good, good news for me and for you. It’s a reason to proclaim, “Glory to God!”
Father, thank You for sending Your Son to our messy world.