In the news, there’s a crazy new idea for building houses quickly and cheaply, in areas of the world where people really need homes, like Haiti and Mexico. A group called New Story teamed with a company called Icon to use 3D printing to build houses–in about a day, for about $3,500–Wow. Icon invented a 3D printer that uses concrete–it comes out like from a tube, similar to how you get toothpaste out, and it prints row after row, taller and taller. The goal is to get lots of houses, so families have a place to stay.
Joseph and Mary needed a place to stay too. The stable served as a humble place for our Savior to be born.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Luke 2:6-7 (NIV)
Jesus wasn’t born in a fancy mansion, or even a big hotel. He was born with sheep and horses, and things that smell really bad. It’s the perfect way to show that Jesus was humble–He had to lower himself to become human first, then born as a baby into a normal family–not as a prince in a palace, not as a wealthy land owner–he was a normal everyday kind of person–like you and me.
Instead, he gave up everything, even his place with God. He accepted the role of a servant, appearing in human form. During his life as a man, 8 he humbled himself by being fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death—death on a cross.
Dear Jesus, Thank you for being human and coming to live on earth. Your sacrifice for me is beyond understanding. I love you Jesus. Amen.