A Humble Birth

Trygve and Kristen Johnson

READ : Luke 2:1-20

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” (vv. 10-11)

The glory and wonder of these words, spoken to shepherds as they watched their flocks, hardly prepares us for what comes next. After heralding the birth of the Savior, the Messiah, the Lord, the angel goes on to tell the shepherds, “This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger” (v. 12).

These words may be so familiar to us that they have lost their power to startle us, but let’s step back a moment and think about how incredible this all is. One moment the shepherds are being told the news the Jews have long been hoping for: their Messiah has finally arrived! What grandeur they must have been expecting to surround the birth of this chosen One.

But the next minute they are told they can recognize their infant King by his cloth wrappings and manger-bed. Humility marked the birth of Jesus Christ, and it also marked his life.


As we ponder the incredible story of Jesus’ birth, dear Father, may we be wrapped in bands of humility and cloths of gratitude.