Jesus, born into poverty
The following was included in a members’ email from Brian Swarts, the National Coordinator of the Micah Challenge. I think it describes an important aspect of Christmas and the Incarnation very succinctly.
The story of Christmas is the story of a God who, in a revolutionary act of love, chose to dwell among us.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. – JOHN 1:14
Yet he came to live among us in a way that almost no one suspected. He was born to a teenage girl in a barn stall and greeted by shepherds rather than princes or religious figures. Afterward he and his parents were forced to live as refugees for several years to hide from a murderous tyrant, before finally heading home to the run-down town of Nazareth.
When I reflect on this beautiful, but unusual, story I can’t help but wonder at the fact that the start of Jesus’ life was a lot more like the lives of thousands of children born into poverty each day than it is like mine. God chose to dwell among the poor and the marginalized, overturning any notions that they were somehow less worthy of God’s love. Jesus’ coming was indeed revolutionary, and through his life and teachings he revealed God’s plan to turn the world “right-side up”.
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