When you read through the Christmas story, there are a lot of curious details included. It’s so like God to do things in such surprising ways: Choosing a virgin to carry His Son and a lowly carpenter to raise Him, sending His Son in the most vulnerable form, announcing the birth to lowly shepherds instead of the whole world. Why does He do such unexpected things?
Today, let’s grapple with the idea of eternal God coming as a baby. Why did Jesus need to come as an infant rather than fully grown? Why did He need to come in flesh, couldn’t an angel take on the job of redeeming us? Why did Jesus have to come as a God-Man?
Have you ever been falsely accused? Slandered? Exposed to public humiliation? We’ve all experienced the embarrassment that comes from being misunderstood. Most of us can relate to the pain of verbal insult. But imagine being totally innocent of serious accusation, but suspected of a crime punishable by stoning (Deuteronomy 22:23–24), all because you’ve obeyed God. That was Mary’s situation.