“For there is born unto you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
Children are born of their mothers, into their families, not to groups of people. Christ, already being begotten of God, in order to redeem us had to be, in a sense, born again Himself through the body of Mary, thereby becoming in His earthly body like the people he came to redeem.
Unlike Adam, made fully formed as a man, Jesus went through a cycle of growth:
He understood what it was to be under parental authority, to learn at the feet of the rabbis (and later amazed them). He knew what it was to work, play, and interact with siblings who think you’re strange;
He understood temptation, hunger, thirst, scorching heat and freezing cold when He was in the desert, so much so that at the end of his testing the angels came to tend Him.
He understood grief, weeping at the death of Lazarus.
He understood frustration, trying to get the Pharisees to open their eyes. He understood obedience in the face of fear in the Gethsemane Gardens.
He understood what it is to die.
But this night, He is a baby, sleeping in his mother’s arms, under His earthly father’s protection, given to us by the Father of all, and we celebrate His delivery not only to Mary, but to us, and for us.
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:23
“For unto us, a child is born. Unto us, a Son is given.” Isaiah 9:6
May His Holy Presence be newly born in your homes and among your families this Christmas. Amen.