After having labor pains all night, she woke him at 4:00 a.m. “It’s time to go to the hospital.”
It was their first child, but he felt no urgency. He had heard stories of 24 hours of labor, false alarms and delays.
He took a shower and got dressed. He found his wife sitting on the edge of the bed, packed-bag in hand, and ready to go – NOW!
Forty minutes later they arrive at the hospital. A nurse took the expectant mom to a labor room and the soon-to-be dad to a room to put on sterile scrubs.
Prepared for long hours of coaching breathing techniques learned in Lamaze classes, he exits the changing room surprised to see his wife being rolled into a Delivery room! At 6:04 a.m. their firstborn arrives.
That was close! Only 80 minutes between leaving home and baby born! I don’t know if Billie Sue will ever forgive me.
“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. Luke 1:30-31 NLT
About nine months later, the federal government orders everyone to go to their hometown to for a census. Tired, Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem. The hostels are overflowing.
They finally rest in a parking garage for four-legged visitors. The old TV show, Gunsmoke, called it a Livery which became the Delivery room.
With no sterile scrubs, no labor room, and no doctor or nurse, a God-favored woman gives birth to the God-Man, Jesus. A feed trough substituted as a baby bed.
Evidently, they got there just in time! Do you think Joseph is still in the doghouse too?
God loves us, but He is not a soft-hearted pushover. Equal to His love is His justice. Our sin requires a perfect sacrifice in order for God’s love to forgive us.
I can’t imagine raising a son knowing from conception that he is for the express purpose of sacrifice for repulsive sins He did not commit.
You and I cannot imagine how much God loves us. We are unable to comprehend the extravagant price paid to forgive our offense to God’s holiness. It is extremely difficult to understand that Jesus is virgin born and God is literally His Father.
But in faith, you must accept Jesus into your life and receive God’s forgiveness of your sin in order to enjoy eternal life.
Our Father, thank you for that first Christmas and Your sacrificial love for us.