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Thoughts on the first Christmas

Wouldn’t it have been much more respectable and acceptable for the King of kings, Jesus, to have been born in a palace, with illustrious members of the court in attendance, and with all the honor and praise of society? Instead, He was born on the dirty floor of a barn, next to cows and asses, wrapped in rags and lying in a feed trough.

Wouldn’t it have been better for His earthly father, Joseph, to be a prominent potentate instead of a humble hewer of wood? And wasn’t that rather humiliating for His humble parents to later become fugitives from injustice, after receiving support from kings from the lands of Iraq and Iran, and have to flee the country to Egypt like common criminals,? Wouldn’t that have made it easier on Jesus and His followers, if He had had the approval of the established order? (As per story told in Matthew chapter 1 and 2)

And in His later years, did Jesus have to always be challenging the religious establishment, defying convention, destroying traditions, and threatening the status quo, so that He ended up being executed with two common criminals, and left behind the reputation of having been a companion of tax collectors and drunks and harlots, a glutton and a winebibber, a lawbreaker, a disturber of the peace, a demon-possessed fanatic and false prophet of the wrong way? (Luke 7:34; 23:2; John 10:20).

Couldn’t God have used less controversial tactics, and accomplished His goals in a more peaceable, respectable, and acceptable manner?

Or is the improper, the unconventional and untraditional, the unorthodox and unceremonious — contrary to man’s natural expectation—the way God usually works?

God relates “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9).


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