Reading: Luke 2: 1-20
Verse Seven: “… because there was no room for them in the inn”.
The birth of Jesus is full of humility. It began in the incarnation – Jesus taking on flesh, leaving behind whatever form He had in heaven to become human. Humility continued in the choice for parents – not someone rich or powerful of famous, but a virgin mother and a carpenter father from a tiny little village. The humility continued in the journey – forced to take a 3-day trek at nine months pregnant because a man far away wanted to know how many subject she had. They arrive in Bethlehem and face another humility – no family with space to take them in, no rooms left at any of the inns, so they find shelter in a stable – surrounded by stinky and probably pretty curious animals. Welcome to your birth, Son of God.
Jesus will continue to demonstrate humility. He will be baptized by a human man because that is how is is supposed to happen. He will wash the disciples’ feet to show that the greatest must be willing to serve too. Jesus’ ultimate humility comes in the trial, the beating, and the scorn of the cross. But this was also just another great act of love – just one more example of how to empty self in order to be able to give to others. It is what Jesus was all about – showing others how much God loved them through how much He loves them. There was no sin too great, no leper too unclean. There was no soul too lost, no heart too hard that Jesus could not love and save. In His heart, there was always room. Yes, Jesus was born into humility, not “… because there was no room for them in the inn” but because this is what His whole life and witness was all about – being a humble servant.
This day, of all days, may we go and do likewise – showing all we meet the type of Savior we love.