Advent Guide: Week 2 Midweek Devotion
December 9 - December 20
Jesus Is Born
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:7
Written by Scott Harris, Missions Minister, Brentwood Baptist Church
“Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough.” Luke 2:7a
Have your parents told you about how excited they were when you were born? Have they shown you pictures when you were new to the world? You were small and helpless, but your parents were wearing really big smiles, weren’t they? If you have a younger brother or sister, do you remember all the joy when that new baby came to your house?
Imagine what it was like when Jesus was born. Mary and Joseph were probably excited, but they may have been a little scared too. This was their first time to be parents. There was so much to learn! Taking care of a baby isn’t easy, and Jesus wasn’t born in a warm hospital room. He was born in a barn, and they had to put their baby in a manger.
Mary and Joseph knew that their new baby was extra special because they were visited by angels who told them that this baby would be the Savior of the world, that He would save people from their sins. The Jewish people had been waiting for the Messiah for many, many years; they imagined He would come as a strong warrior, like a superhero. In some ways that would turn out to be true, but not on this night. Instead, Mary and Joseph were wrapping the world’s Savior in cloths and placing Him where animals would eat. I wonder what they thought about that.
It’s beautiful that Jesus was born in this way. Luke described the scene so well; we can picture what happened in Bethlehem. Joseph and Mary were regular people, trying to take care of each other and their newborn. They did a good job parenting Jesus. He grew up and fulfilled His purpose. Jesus was indeed a conquering hero, just like the prophecies said. But, He was also tender, compassionate and forgiving. Thank you, God, for sending Jesus!
Build Your Own Nativity: Even though it’s not Christmas Day yet, it’s time to add Baby Jesus to your nativity scene! As you do, talk about what it’s like to take care of a newborn baby now, and then talk about how Mary & Joseph might have taken care of Baby Jesus. How are things different? How are they the same?