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.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Genesis 9:12-15 BSB
What’s commonly called “the Christmas Story” is known by literally billions of people throughout the world. The reigning potentate Caesar Augustus made a decree that “all the world” was to be taxed.
Citizens under the Emperor’s domain moved in obedience to pay the required monies. They had to drop everything, cancel any prior plans, and travel away from home regardless of the inconvenience. Imagine the inconvenience of not only being pregnant, but ready to deliver at any moment!
And yet, despite the staggering inconvenience of having to leave home and travel at such an inopportune time, Joseph and Mary found themselves in Bethlehem with their baby ready to be delivered at any moment. Unable to find a suitable room because the inn was what we’d call “completely sold out,” the best they could do was hole up in a barn and share their space with the innkeeper’s livestock.
Nevertheless, with all the commotion (and let’s face it, the smells) our Lord made His appearance. His birthplace was extremely humble, yet the angelic host announcing His birth was glorious.
And listen to the news they heralded: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
In other words, “He’s here! He’s here!” The long-awaited, long-ago-promised Savior was finally here! The person destined to break the bands of sin and defeat the chokehold of death was here! No longer would mankind have to live in bondage to the one who came to steal, kill and destroy Instead, men, women, boys and girls would be afforded the opportunity to choose life—and not just any old, life, but an abundant life (John 10:10).
So, have you welcomed the Savior into your life? Have you asked Him to come in, cleanse you from your sins, and give you His great gift of salvation and freedom? No longer does anyone have to live in bondage to sin, deserving of eternal death. Because Jesus came, we can become the children of God by faith in His atoning death on the cross and live in the power of His resurrection. Hallelujah! He’s here. He’s HERE!