Christmas Landscape

God blessed the world with a Savior that experience the harsh realities of this world

The Stable
A Farm Scene – Part 2

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-7

Key Verse: Luke 2:7

She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

The traditional thought, as far as the landscape of Christmas, is a farm scene. Jesus came into this world with hay and a rough wood structure around Him. Jesus’s first sounds were the sounds of animals of various kinds.

It could have been so different; God could have provided a larger room in the nicest inn. Joseph could have started with a nice but ordinary room, and then received the news we all love to receive: “We are giving you an upgrade!” Joseph and Mary would have responded as most of us would, “Isn’t God good? What a special blessing!” Don’t we American Christ followers tend to believe that when God blesses that means upgrades, comforts, and more stuff?

God did bless Joseph and Mary in a big time way, but not as the world would expect nor recognize. God blessed by creating a common landscape that the common person could relate to. God blessed the world with a Savior that would experience the harsh realities of this world, as well as all the temptations it presents to us. This Savior would call sinners—broken by the realities of their own weaknesses—to come to Him and live strong by His presence in them. Jesus would not be seen as a famous leader that had to be served, but rather one who constantly looked for ways to serve us. What a Savior!

Father, thank You for understanding me, with all my faults and weaknesses. Thank You for loving me. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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