“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”
The above verse is a prophecy of where Messiah would be born, and it also contains an important truth about the Messiah: that He is eternal – thus God.
As the eternal God, Messiah has been active in the world since the very beginning. He created it and upholds all things by the word of His power. Although the world is His by divine right, He came as a stranger even to His own kin.
It is so beautiful and touching that the Ruler of Israel, whose goings forth have been from everlasting, came to Earth at just the right time. He allowed Himself to be rejected and spit upon by His fellow countrymen, and yet loved them enough to die for their sins.
Messiah, the Ruler of Israel, will come again one day to claim His title to the throne of David. In His first appearance on Earth, He was reckoned as a stranger among His people. One day, He will come again in the clouds, and everyone will know Him for who He is. Let us welcome Him as Lord!
An alien thought
That, in a Baby, freedom is brought.
What fragile delight
A Child, so sleeps tonight!
A flurry on a cold wind,
The strike of fear in the one who sinned
That a Babe should come to save.
Before the world began
Heaven was His stand.
Almighty, everlasting powers
Causing worlds in showers,
Buffeting a landscape of nothingness!
All power contained in a small Fulness,
The Sovereign became a slave.
The strength taken away
A Baby is left to lay,
Strength to take on in a different way,
To know one’s death
And stare at it face to face?
To persevere to the last breath!
To show us the end of Your grace!
To do nothing and be put in a grave.
What a beauteous Baby,
Not in image but in act.
Purpose to, our sin, carry.
To face our death, for fact
No reason was found for Him to die
But for us with Him to be on high.
The birth of Jesus exhibited His humility like no other event in His life except His death on a cross. Paul wrote to the Philippians, saying that Jesus “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.” Let’s consider three ways in which His birth demonstrated His humility.
A Humble Starting Point
As predicted by the prophet Micah, the small village of Bethlehem would forever mark the map as the earthly entrance point of the King of kings. Why did He not select a great and majestic nearby city like Jerusalem? For such an unparalleled event in history, at a minimum the town should have had enough room to accommodate one very pregnant woman and her husband. Instead, on the outskirts of Bethlehem (probably in a cave designed to keep animals reasonably comfortable), Mary gave birth to her Son and laid Him in a feeding trough.
A Humble Welcome
The first people to learn about His birth were not the scholars or the royal elite. An angel broadcasted the late night news to some guys camped in a field, tending to their animals. The local media coverage involved these field hands repeating the story of what they had seen to other villagers in Bethlehem.
Joseph and Mary could trace their ancestry back to David and Abraham. But besides having some royal blood, they appeared as ordinary people. Joseph was a skilled craftsman and Mary was his young wife. Together, God used this couple to raise and train the Son of the Most High God.
The humility exhibited by Jesus at His birth shows that instead of being preoccupied with a royal entrance or earthly status, He desired to make Himself of no reputation and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. May we follow Him.