God decided that his son would be born in ordinary and humble settings. He was born into poverty to parents who were homeless and it is fairly astonishing that God would even allow this, let alone choose it.
One of my children was nearly born in a hospital car park but I was fairly insistent that I wanted my child to be born in the clean and comfortable maternity unit and he was. For God to watch his son be born in this dirty, smelly, unhygienic place must have been very difficult.
God chose for Jesus to be born in these humble surroundings in order to signal his intent. You see, Jesus’ coming wasn’t a cheap PR exercise, this was God getting his hands dirty and really becoming like one of us. God could have provided Jesus with a birth fit for a king but instead he chose for his son to be placed in a manger in the place where the animals were kept.
Some people think that their lives aren’t clean enough to be followers of Jesus. Jesus being born in a stable reminds us that God isn’t fussy about where his presence lives.
God is present and at work in the ordinary and his presence will transform the lives of the people who he lives within.
Does your life have room for Jesus?
This is a part of a series of short thoughts for advent to help us to consider the events surrounding the birth of Jesus as we prepare ourselves for Christmas. You can look at the other advent reflections by clicking here.
You can read more about the birth of Jesus in Luke 2.