And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths,
and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7
Scripture gives us an incredible insight into the mind of Christ as revealed in Philippians 2:5-8. Paul notes that Jesus “humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Oh, how thankful we must be for such humility… flawless and absolute was the obedience displayed by Jesus in humility and holiness. This was evidenced in every event of His earthly life on to “the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Such humility was even present at His birth in Bethlehem.
Whether it be a crude shed of a barn, or a cave, we know at His birth Mary laid the Creator and Savior of the world in a feed-trough of livestock…the “manger” The very King of Kings was born in the most comfortless and primitive of conditions— a smelly, filthy, chilly shelter, surrounded by noisy animals. It was an appropriate introduction for the “Son of Man
[who had] nowhere to lay His head” (Luke 9:58); the one who “was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him” (John 1:10); “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” (Philip. 2:6-7); for the “Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28) by bearing “our sins in His own body on the tree, that we having died to sins, might live for righteousness” (I Pet. 2:24).
His humble birth was appropriate for Jesus, who came to die as a substitute for we sinners in desperate need of a Savior. Truly Jesus is the indescribable gift of II Cor. 9:15… we can’t be reminded enough as we ought wisely consider—
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!!
From The New Living–
Thank God for His gift too wonderful for words!
From JB Phillips–
Thank God, then, for His indescribable generosity to you!
From the Amplified–
Now thanks be to God for His Gift, precious beyond telling
His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift!
Thanks be to the Lord for His coming and Maranatha!