Have you ever stepped into a room or place that felt beneath you? A bathroom so dirty it made you wrinkle up your nose? A bedroom so messy you felt out of place? Imagine what it must have been like for God to leave His heavenly throne and wrap His majesty and glory in human flesh.
Consider the sins you are currently battling that you identified in the “Before You Begin” section of this guide.
Most modern-day doctors tell pregnant women to stop traveling in the last month of their pregnancy. Mary surely wanted to be at home, preparing and waiting for the child she had been expecting for nine months, but circumstances forced Joseph and a very pregnant Mary to travel to Bethlehem. When Mary finally went into labor, perhaps she thought, Here? Now? I’m going to give birth to the Son of the Most High God—the One who is to take David’s throne—in a stable?
But God does not make mistakes. The anointed King would live a life marked by humility from His very first breath. Not a warm hospital bed, but a cold and dirty manger. Not a crown of gold, but a crown of thorns.
In God’s kingdom, the way up is down. Jesus humbled Himself to the lowest level from His very first breath. The only uncreated being faced the lowliest of births. He left heavenly hosts for the company of sinners, left the highest throne for an old wooden cross. He, the highest and most worthy to be praised, washed the feet of the most undeserving.
Do you know why we have the strength and ability to humble ourselves? Because of Christmas. God, perfect and holy and without need, took on the likeness of men and became a baby. He not only died to set you free from the consequence of your pride, but His Spirit took up residence in your heart. He is now constantly with you and always urging you away from pride and toward humility.