We’ve all heard it, most of us have said it. “Remember the reason for the season“. “Remember the true spirit of Christmas”. Each year I find the need to stop and remind myself of what the true spirit of Christmas is really supposed to be about.
Over the next several days, through the writing of Luke, we will see what the story of the very first Christmas has to teach us about the true spirit of Christmas. I invite you to join me as we prepare our hearts for the celebration of our Coming King.
The Spirit of Humility
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
The first bed Jesus ever knew was a borrowed manger.
By his own words Jesus didn’t have a place of His own in which to sleep.
And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes,and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Luke 9:58)
And when He died, He was laid in a borrowed tomb.
“This man [Joseph of Arimathea]went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid.” (Luke 23:52-53)
From the cradle to the grave Jesus’ life was one of total humility.
“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” (John 13:14-15)
The King of Glory became a man. The Lamb of God became a sacrifice. The Master of all became a servant. Through His birth, by His life, and in His death, Jesus gave us the example of the spirit of humility that we are all to follow – the true spirit of Christmas.
Wishing you and your family all the joy of Christmas,