And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2: 8-14
I think that it’s important to remember the birth of our Savior on only on December 25, but all year round. I totally understand that life gets busy. Here on the farm, we have planting, haying, and harvest seasons, but in life Jesus needs to be the season year round. Without his birth, we would have no death, no eternal life, no hope.
Just as much as his death was a miracle, his birth was even more so. I always like to imagine what Mary, was going through. She was a virgin and engaged to man. Can you imagine telling your fiancee you were pregnant, but not with his baby, a HOLY baby. I am pretty sure, most guys today would have left or else thought you were losing your mind. Imagine Joseph’s shock. He could have easily left Mary. Those days, pregnancy outside of marriage was a death sentence. The Bible doesn’t talk much about what Mary’s parents thought, but I could imagine me telling my parents, and it probably won’t have gone over so well.
Mary, when you think about it had to go through a lot. Why her? Was she special? Mary, I picture was your average girl. God doesn’t pick the perfect person. He picks average to move mountains. Think about it. Even Jesus was born in a manger. It was probably dirty and wasn’t sanitary compared to today’s hospitals. It was meek, lowly, humble. Jesus also died a very “average” death on the cross. At the time, cruxifixction was a common death, but Jesus’s birth, life, and death were far from uncommon or average.
That is why, everyday we should be thankful for his birth and praise his for even coming into this world to save us. Glory to God in the highest.