As the gift of Christ is delivered, we find that Jesus was on his way to a royal town without any of the trappings of royalty. Revealing that…
Christmas was never about royalty alone, but always about humility. (Luke 2:1-7) In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) Luke connects his account to history, which can be verified and the veracity judged. 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David-Jesus comes as one who legitimately could come and sit on the throne of David forever with a royal pedigree, as promised. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger (Cave with a trough carved into the walls), because there was no guest room available for them.
The prophet Micah had foretold that Bethlehem would become the home for the eternal ruler. Yet, here is Jesus like socks and underwear; not really seemingly measuring up to what was expected of the MESSIAH, they wanted things to be put back as they once were. Since David and Solomon, the nation had divided into two, two exiles followed, then foreign powers oppressed the people—Persian, Greek, and finally Romans. Here is Jesus, the king of kings and Lord of lords born into a crummy manger, a cave with a trough carved into the wall, no palatial estate or grand trumpeted entrance. Within a handful of miles, Herod’s grand palace could be seen, 90 ft. tall, 40 acres of building, 200 acres of garden and yet Jesus purposely is sent into his created world, humbly depended as a baby, humbly rugged rather than royal. The contrast between royalty and humility was the world’s fascination as Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed their first son in July of2013. The world was watching, cameras were staked outside of the hospital, the textbook birth was analyzed, and their son Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was whisked away from the hospital in a Range Rover, which is now being auctioned off for 3 times what it was worth because royalty merely touched the vehicle. That is what we expect from royalty, comfort and stature.
Not with the Messiah which was anticipated but not fully grasped. The prophet Isaiah foretold that in the line of David, a virgin would give birth to a son, but he highlighted the depth of the gift that he would be called “Immanuel” which means God with us. “a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders…” Matthew added that he came not to be served, “but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Despite Jesus royal stature/pedigree he came as the humble lamb.