From Pursuing the Christ by Jennifer Kennedy Dean
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The
virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him
Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”
—Matthew 1:22–23 (NIV)
On that night in a stable in Bethlehem, from earth’s view, a baby was
born. From heaven’s view, You, God the Son, voluntarily left Your rightful
place on the universe’s throne, left the riches and the unimaginable
glory that were Your own possessions, left the sound of praise and
worship that surrounded You day and night—left it all to be with us.
What must that moment have been like? When heaven’s great
Treasure shed His kingly grandeur and donned mere clay, did the angels
for a moment hold their breath and look on in astonishment? When He
who was from the beginning took upon Himself the form of a servant,did the eternal realm halt—just for a heartbeat—and stand speechless with wonder? When the King of kings exchanged His majestic robes for swaddling clothes, surely it was the most beautiful, awe-inspiring moment in all eternity.
On earth, it was a little-noticed event. A young peasant couple and
a few poor shepherds were the only witnesses to an ordinary birth in
an ordinary place at an ordinary time. No pomp or ceremony. No grand
announcement to a waiting crowd. No dancing in the streets.
In the heavens, that which looked ordinary from the earth, was the
spark for unparalleled celebration (Hebrews 1:6). It was something never
before seen and never to be seen again—when the King became a servant.