Moving forward from the setting of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, scripture reports when Mary and Joseph arrived in this little town no room was available at the local inn. Due to a major census initiated by Herod all those of the line of David (blood relatives) were to be registered in Bethlehem in the flesh. Without an iPhone, GPS, or a computer, hotel registrations were only made once you arrived at the inn. Unfortunately, the only place offered to Mary and Joseph upon their arrival was the stable out back where the animals were housed.
Being at the point of delivering her baby, Mary and Joseph welcomed the chance to have a place to rest and it was during that time the birth of Jesus Christ took place. Now imagine, if you can, this is basically a barn with animals and hay. No doctor or midwife is present. While I know babies have been born at the entrance of tunnels in Pittsburgh, the side of the road and various other peculiar places, I sometimes can't wrap my head around a barn, a bed of straw, incredible labor pains and my hubby delivering our child after traveling on the back of a donkey for days! But from the very beginning, God had a plan that included Jesus being born of humble birth. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords wasn't born in a castle with an entire floor set up as a hospital with numerous medical personnel in attendance. He wasn't ushered into this world surrounded by the elite or wealthy. He came quietly and without fanfare in order to relate to all people everywhere. If I could predict a skin color I would think a combination of all the skin colors in the world...red and yellow, black and white, just like the song, "Jesus Loves the Little Children" expresses would be the color worn by the Savior of the World. And here is the Bread of Heaven, born in Bethlehem, the House of Bread, and laid the only place available, but not without meaning....in a feeding trough.
Next....a feeding trough that held the Bread of Heaven....
Judith "Cookie" White is the founder of The Sounding Board Ministry. She is the author of two devotional books which are available on this site.