But Philip said, “Come, see for yourself.” John 1:46 (NIV)

Baby Jesus – The Nativity Series – Part 2

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“Glory to God in the highest realms of heaven! For there is peace and a good hope given to the sons of men.” Luke 2:14 TPT

We picture that the birth of Jesus was a lovely moment: Stars shining, angels singing, wise men bringing gifts, the cattle gently lowing as they hum the quiet newborn saviour off to sleep… Mary’s garments have no blood on them in our imaginations and Joseph looks like he’s had a full nights sleep with nothing weighing heavily on his mind.

But this was not the scene… It’s not how it looked. Jesus was born into a day and age that was anything but peaceful. He was born amidst scandal and controversy… he was born in a time where the rulers of the land, who had taken it by force, could command the murder of every baby under the age of two.

By the time Luke wrote his account of Jesus life, decades after his ascension, the entire Judaic Priesthood had been slaughtered, the temple sacked, and the people were genuinely fearing the end. Times were desperate.

Surrounded by tinsel and carols and gifts and food, we forget that the Angel's song was not so much a declaration, but a prophecy:

“For there is peace and a good hope given to the sons of men.”

Jesus was not born of wealth and greatness, strength and supremacy. He did not arrive like we would expect a ruler and hero would. He came wrapped in vulnerability – a newborn, fragile and indefensible. His first home, a stable – not a palace, or even a temple. But a shack full of smelly animals, dirty straw, rodents, mildew… there were no grand curtains or carpets or luxuries.

It was more than humble.

And don’t go thinking that Mary had a pain free birth. Jesus would have come the same way we all do – covered in blood, shrouded in the cries and groans of our mothers. Birthed through sweat and pain.

And THIS is our great hope.

If this baby who is called, “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6),” was born to an unknown man; if this baby whose lineage was holy and divine, was born of a peasant girl in a stable; if this supernatural wonder of a baby was born into the most hopeless and weak of circumstances; if God injected himself into the world through the least auspicious of all events, then there is indeed nowhere and no one and nothing where his presence, love, grace and holiness cannot be housed and found.

In the Hungering Dark, Buechner wrote, “And this means that we are never safe, that there is no place where we can hide from God, no place where we are safe from his power to break in two and recreate the human heart, because it is just where he seems most helpless that he is most strong, and just where we least expect him that he comes most fully.


Drink up every last bit of it. If you are surrounded with joy, we rejoice with you. If you are filled sorrow, we mourn and pray with you. Wherever you are, and whatever you are experiencing, remember that the hope of Christmas isn’t in its obvious strength and grandeur, but in its humility and vulnerability – the supernatural in the unexpected. Hope.

Come and see.

See that Jesus is not disgusted with mess, he is not afraid of the dark, he is not expelled by weakness. These very places are where his life began. And into these situations he still longs to live. And does. Light in the dark, strength and weakness, hope where there is no hope.

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“Peace on earth and goodwill to all.”

Grace and Peace,

Written by Liz Milani

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