If we had an incredibly important event on the calendar that would introduce us to the community, the nation, or even the world we would do our best to look confident, prepared, attractive, and even desirable among other things. We know the old adage, “You only get one chance to make a first impression,” and we would seize the opportunity to make an unforgettable impression on the masses.
Knowing that this is how we would present ourselves, don’t you wonder why Jesus presented Himself to the world the way He did? Think about it. He was born into a working class family with His step dad being a carpenter. Step dad? That’s right, His parents were not married when He was conceived. He was miraculously conceived with the mysterious involvement of the Holy Spirit. That’s right, his mother was a virgin not only during conception but through his birth as well (The Virgin birth is extremely important to the identity of Jesus that will have to be discussed at another time).
He was born in Bethlehem, meaning “house of bread,” which is interesting because later Jesus referred to Himself as the “Bread of Life,” noting that He can satisfy what all mankind hungers for – to have their sins forgiven and to enjoy a personal relationship with God.
Jesus presented Himself not as a strong or wealthy or intelligent adult, but as a baby who needed help even in the most basic matters of survival. He wasn’t born in a palace but in a barn that belonged to someone else. Not with the most desired doctors and attendants but with animals, complete with sounds and smells.
I believe that Jesus presented Himself to the world, to all humanity in this way to illustrate His coming wasn’t as much about Him but you and me. He came for us. He wanted everyone to know He was approachable. No one would ever have to worry if they were strong enough, rich enough, or smart enough to be accepted by God. Everyone can enter into a personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. The very one that was placed in a manger would one day be placed on a cross . . . for you and me.
If you would like to know more about having a personal relationship with God or just have questions you would like to talk through, please contact me anytime.