29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. Luke 1:29-31.
Imagine being God and planning for Jesus’s entrance into the world. We’re all agreed this was the greatest missionary journey of all time. It would have to be… A GRAND ENTRANCE…umm…not. Jesus would come into this world as a baby, born of a woman, crying, sleepless nights, colic, teething, soiled diapers, the works. Did I mention that he was born in a borrowed and filthy stable? Not very glamorous. Humble! Yes that’s the word.
First impressions count for a lot and the way Jesus was to enter this world would speak volumes of the kind of person and leader he would be. His attitude was one of humility and we are encouraged to have the same. This Christmas as we consider the baby Jesus in a manger, let us be prayerful and allow our hearts well up with his humility.
As Paul would say, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”