6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. Luke 2: 6-7, NLT
Tradition tells us that the Christ child was born in a stable. This could have been a barn behind a house or inn, a cave used to house animals, or even the ground floor of a home as that was often where animals were housed at night to keep them safe from predators and thieves. A feeding trough would have been present in any of those settings. Regardless of the exact details, we know the Savior of the World didn’t draw his first breath at the local Family Birthing Center.
Several years ago we moved to the country and I thought I should do country things so we started with a flock of chickens and eventually added a couple pigs and now even a beef cow. I know what it’s like in the barn. I have a special pair of boots that are covered with barn stuff. And with animals around, stuff is everywhere.
Even though our youngest is now 18, I remember vividly the births of each of our four children. What I remember most is the feeling of utter helplessness as Brenda suffered through, often, about 24 hours of hard labor. Wave after wave of pain. The nurses would check and, nope, no progress yet. We were surrounded by the best health care providers on the planet and yet there was nothing anyone could do to resolve the situation. I had to skillfully hide the fact that I was scared out of my wits and feeling completely helpless.
Now imagine being a couple of teenagers. In a barn. Alone. Not knowing what was going on or what would happen next. Maybe it wasn’t quite that bad – maybe Mary had witnessed other deliveries, maybe some of the women in town heard her crying out in pain and came to assist her. Nonetheless, what a way to give birth to your first child. And what a way for the Savior to enter into our world. King of Kings. Lord of Lords. In the words of the Nicene Creed, “God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.” Born in a barn. And that was only the beginning.
Consider and Discuss:
When God sent His son into this world, He could’ve done it any way He wanted.
Why do you think He did such an important thing in such a humble way?
Now listen to this song, and praise God for Jesus!