Today, when a child is born, the mother rushes to the hospital, is attended to by trained medical staff, and she gives birth to her precious child in a clean sterile environment.

Now, try to imagine a night long ago in Bethlehem. It is the night of Jesus’ birth. After Mary and Joseph had traveled there she went into labor. Circumstances forced them to stay in a stable. Think for a moment about the stench and filth of the animals in that stable. As far as we know, the only person present to help Mary was Joseph. How embarrassed and humiliated Mary must have been to have Joseph see her in these conditions. What was used to clean up Mary and the child? No doubt it was water from the trough the animals drank from. Did she tear pieces from her own clothes to wrap the baby in? Some of these questions we will not know the answers to until we reach our home in heaven, but they are not important.

Our Savior was born in this lowly birth as foretold by the prophets. He came to save us from our sins. He came to give His life so that we may have eternal life.

Let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas. As we worship this week, remember the lowly circumstances of our Savior’s birth. Remember the sacrifices made for us and for our sins.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas, and joyous New Year!

Gentle Mary laid her child   Lowly in a manger;
He is still the undefiled, But no more a stranger,
Son of God, of humble birth, Beautiful the story;
Praise his name in all the earth, Hail the King of glory!
CW 56 v 3