Firstborn Son

Luke 2:4,7 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem ... and she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

At just about the time that Mary was due to have her child a decree comes from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. In order for this to happen everyone must travel back to their home town. The home town of Joseph was Bethlehem and so it is to Bethlehem that they must travel. Not long after they arrive in Bethlehem, Mary falls into labour and brings forth her firstborn Son. She lays him in a manger because there was no room for them in the Inn.

Such is the entrance of the long awaited Messiah into our world! Is this the way you would have chosen to welcome the Messiah into our world? It may not be the way that you would have planned it, but it is exactly the way God planned it. God allowed all of these things for a very important reason. The Lord Jesus thought it not robbery to be equal with God but for our sake He took on the form of a servant and was found in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:6-7).

When Scripture says He took on "the form of a servant", it really means it! Even in His birth He was born in the servant's quarters. He was the Son of God and yet He became the servant. We were not even servants of God and yet through Jesus Christ we're adopted as Sons. He was born in the stable that we might find our way to the palace of the King.

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

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