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WHEN LIFE IS A MESS


 
 

Luke 2:1-7


2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

 

Despite what our nativities and Christmas cards would have us believe, Jesus’ birth was not a rustic, peaceful delivery.


“And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” - Luke 2:6-7

Stables were dark and dirty places. Generally, caves were used as stables with feeding troughs, or mangers, carved into the rock walls. This was not the royal birthplace people expected for the Messiah and king. But it was a perfect picture of the kind of life Jesus would lead.


In the 33 years Jesus walked the earth, He never shied away from messy people or situations. A women caught in adultery, tax collectors, and all others described as sinners found Jesus’ love and grace immediately available.


When life gets messy, and it does, Jesus’ birth reminds us that God isn’t troubled by a mess. He entered the world in a mess, met people in their mess, and turned person after person’s mess into a message (John 4:28-30).


TAKE AWAY


How have you seen God meet you in messy situations?


What kind of mess are you facing today? How does it feel to know that Jesus is with you in it and wants to help you through it?


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