Ordinary Mary, Just Joseph, and Simple Shepherds. This is the humility of Christmas. Don’t you find it amazing that God used humble, simple people to advance his purposes? I believe God did this to show His power and to turn the values of the world upside down.
Life is composed mostly of daily, ordinary routines. God uses the daily, ordinary, routines, and sometimes troublesome events in the world like a Roman census and like a crazed ruler such as Herod to accomplish his will.
After centuries of church history, apocryphal writings, and questionable theology about Mary, we need to get back to the simplicity of who Mary was. Sometimes I like to call her ordinary Mary.
That baby in the manger was the most glorious and perfect expression of God. He was God, and he was the most beloved person in the universe and before the universe.
The greatness of Jesus is not that the lowly Baby in the manger was exalted. It is not that he went form a place of lowness to highness. No, the greatness of Jesus is that he went from a place of highness to lowness!
“The palace, the forum, and the inn had no room for Christ. Have you room for him?
How heavy is your burden? The One who is the eternal Word of God, the One who was with God, the One who was and is God, the Almighty, can carry that burden for you if you will give it to Him.
He was full of grace in that He came to sinful people. He didn’t come just for the wise or the strong or the elite. He came for everyone – even those who thought their lives had been wrecked beyond repair.