Daily D – Luke 2:7
Luke 2:7 Then she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. (CSB)
Modern travel is often either, or both, an epic adventure or a major inconvenience. The headlines this morning note hundreds of flights were canceled yesterday by United and Delta due to COVID. Imagine sitting in an airport halfway from where you were to where you are going and having no way forward, no way back, and no place to lay your head in a busy, overpopulated airport.
Popular entertainment shows Mary sitting astride a donkey as Joseph leads the way on their journey to Bethlehem. Our Bible texts do not offer us this detail. One scholar explained how a donkey was the equivalent of a Cadillac today. In all likelihood, Joseph could not afford such a luxury.
Even if he could, how easy would it be for Mary to sit for a long time on a bouncing burro? Indeed, how easy would it be for a very pregnant Mary to get onto a burro? In all likelihood, Mary walked. The journey probably took longer than normal.
At last, Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem. Since every guest accommodation was filled due to the command of the leader of the known world to return to ancestral homes for the census, Mary and Joseph had to make do with less than five-star accoutrements.
So it was that a miracle baby was wrapped tightly in cloth and laid in a feeding trough. After the agony, tears of joy. After the delivery, the reality of their surroundings settled in. After a holy silence, a moment of rest.
But only a moment.
I will remember the epic adventure that brought Jesus into our, nay, his world.
Our Father, points to ponder herein arise. Why this silence after the cries? Why no fireworks, no family, no friend? Is this the beginning, or is this the end?
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.