Lk.2:7 – And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The most shocking of all mysteries, that the Lord became a human baby, is cloaked in the business of our holidays. It is far beyond our ability to comprehend such a thing, the Creator of everything was conceived in an unmarried teen aged girls womb. He was born in a cave serving as a stable, and was wrapped in clothes for sheep and laid in an animal feeding trough. No one could make up a story like this, no one would believe it. Why do I believe it? Because this same one who was born in a manger also was born again inside of me. I believe it because of the supernatural life that flows out from Him and declares that it is true. The Word became a human and came and lived among us. Here is how Ambrose, pastor of Augustine, describes this event.
“He was a baby and a child, so that you may be a perfect human. He was wrapped in swaddling clothes, so that you may be freed from the snares of death. He was in a manger, so that you may be in the altar. He was on earth that you may be in the stars. He had no other place in the inn, so that you may have many mansions in the heavens. “He, being rich, became poor for your sakes, that through his poverty you might be rich.” Therefore his poverty is our inheritance, and the Lord’s weakness is our virtue. He chose to lack for himself, that he may abound for all. The sobs of that appalling infancy cleanse me, those tears wash away my sins…. You see that he is in swaddling clothes. You do not see that he is in heaven. You hear the cries of an infant, but you do not hear the lowing of an ox recognizing its Master, for the ox knows his Owner and the donkey his Master’s crib.”
So we are still of the earth but now we have a heavenly hope. We still walk in imperfection but perfection is our future. He took on our human condition that we could taste of His heavenly condition. Everything has changed since that first blessed night in Bethlehem; joy to the world, the Lord is come.