PICTURE OF THE MONTH
God sent us his salvation in Great Humility. The angels didn’t announce the birth of the Messiah to domineering masters of prophecy but to humble shepherds. And it wasn’t a show of terrible apocalyptic power but a humble announcement of peace and goodwill towards mankind. The new King would be then be admired, not by the empire’s powerful local governors, but by some humble wise men that came from the far east. His birthplace was not the great city of Jerusalem, but humble Bethlehem. The Lion made his appearance as a Lamb.
In Jesus’s genealogy there are humble, even marginalised, people, such as a prostitute and a foreigner. Simeon confirmed in the temple that salvation was also for foreigners. Israel was the channel. In that first Christmas, God used humble people to bring his Son into the word. Sinful but faithful people, like Zechariah, Elisabeth, John the Baptist, Mary and Joseph. God arranged for a barren woman and a virgin to give birth to very special babies. Christmas came to us with bucketloads of humility.
And, no! Those proud Bible teachers didn’t merit getting to hear the angels’ proclamation. They would need the admirable teachings of a twelve-year-old, a humble but insistent Jesus, in the temple at Jerusalem. Salvation through Christ by faith was being arranged. For all of that, and much more besides… Happy Humility!
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