by: Dana Huffman
If I were planning the birth of a king, I'd see that the child was born in a good hospital near his hometown. Friends and family would be standing by to celebrate, and no other visitors would be allowed for a while. The baby would have a private nursery with a beautiful cradle. A guard would be placed by the door as too many people coming and going can make a baby sick.
Since the beginning of time God carefully planned the birth of our king. So, why were Mary and Joseph so far from home when Mary's time to deliver approached? And why was there no one to welcome them to Bethlehem? Why didn't the Heavenly Father reserve a room for His son at the inn? And why wasn't a midwife standing by? How could it be, that when baby Jesus was wrapped in clothes and put in a feeding trough, God said, "Perfect!" Why were the only visitors on the night of Jesus' birth complete strangers? What does it all mean?
The bible says that Jesus was born not just to Mary and Joseph but to us, to all people! God couldn't have Jesus bound by a special cradle or hidden away in a hotel suite. He couldn't have an innkeeper monitoring the door of the Savior. Jesus had to be accessible to everyone! He was born the way he would live and die, among us and for us. It didn't matter that people didn't welcome Him. He would live to welcome them. It didn't matter that people didn't prepare a place for His birth. He would prepare a place for them through His death.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11 KJV
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