Introduction Let the Stable Still Astonish

And Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. —Luke 2:6-7

The story of how the birth of the Son of God occurred in a dingy barn is an astonishing story—one of the most remarkable ever told.

Jesus Christ deserved to be born in a palace, not a stable. He was the very Son of God, “the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15), the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.

A swaddling of silk, not rags, would have been more appropriate to his stature as the Maker of heaven and earth.

Yet there was no place for the Christ Child at the inn.

The story of Jesus’ birth continues to offer wisdom and insight. This Advent, please explore this astonishing story by considering its timely arrival, longstanding promise, message of fulfillment, hope of redemption, costly provision, humble exaltation, and invitation to surrender.

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