Today’s Scripture: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. LukeĀ 2:11-12

Piles of wrapping paper were strewn across the floor. Boxes of clothes, toys, and other gifts had piled up as the children opened their gifts. As they excitedly opened their presents, they had grabbed all the brightly colored boxes and packages. However, one small, plain package lay undisturbed in the corner under the Christmas tree.

After the rest of the presents had been opened and many of the toys had been gathered up by the kids, the father pointed out the gift to one of the kids. As the child pulled out the package, he saw that it was for the whole family. He called everyone over as he opened this tiny box. As he ripped apart the brown paper and opened the box, he saw a folded envelope inside. As the children looked in anticipation, none of them had any idea what could be inside. He exclaimed, “We’re going to Disney World!” as he pulled out the tickets. The children screamed in excitement as they thanked their parents. They all agreed that their best present was the one in the plain package.

When Jesus came to Earth, He also came in a plain package. He wasn’t born in a palace. He didn’t come with an angelic escort or with much fanfare. Instead, He was born to a young virgin. There were very few who knew of His coming. The angels pronounced His birth, not to the rulers of the day or to the religious elite, but to humble shepherds.

Although He was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus came as a baby. Those around Him may not have seen anything other than an ordinary baby, but those who knew that this was the Messiah saw the greatest gift of all.

When you look at a Nativity, remember, even though it was a baby in those swaddling clothes lying in a manger, our Saviour was born.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder