By Scott Tibbs, December 26, 2007
We often think of Christ's birth in a different context than we do His death on the cross. It is easy to see the sacrifice and humility present when Jesus was tortured to death for our sins, but many think of Christmas only as an occasion of joy.
The birth of Jesus Christ as described in the Gospels certainly was a wonderful gift from God, and showed His glory and majesty. But how many of us really think of the extreme sacrifice that Jesus was willing to make by being born?
Jesus Christ is the creator of the universe. He is all-powerful and all-knowing. Yet he entered this world with no power whatsoever, in the body of a newborn baby. Jesus was completely dependent on Mary and Joseph for food, shelter and basic care. Like all newborns, Jesus could not walk or even crawl. Imagine, the Creator of the universe being carried around because He has no mobility!
One would think that this would be a great humiliation for our Lord. But He was willing to lower Himself not only to take on a frail human body, but to have the most vulnerable and frail body of all: a newborn child. How many of us, if we were omnipotent, would be willing to make that sacrifice for the people we created?
Thank God that He was willing to humble Himself and come to earth to save us from our sins.