Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a Scrooge about all things Christmas and I very much appreciate the sentiment behind sending Christmas cards. But I do have one particular issue with a certain type of card.
Why is Jesus’ birth often depicted with images that are neat and clean and even royal?
Jesus was born in a manger; i.e. – a place where animals were kept, likely a cave in the side of a hill. It was dirty, stinky and anything but royal. Certainly not how I would have made my entrance were I the King of Kings!
Why would God send Jesus into the world in such a lowly manner?
Consider the usual trappings of an earthly monarchy. Long flowing robes. Sparkling jewels. Gold sceptres. Regal crowns. Why does a monarchy have such decor? To demonstrate the importance of the royal family.
So why would God send Jesus into the world in such a lowly manner? Surely His value as the Son of God was deserving of more than a manger!
Why would Jesus give up all of heaven to enter life as a human baby born into the humblest of circumstances? What could have possibly motivated such an entrance?
His love for us!