Jesus’ Profoundly Humble Birth: The Narrative

The story of Jesus’ birth is widely known.  We know Mary was a virgin, Jesus was born in Bethlehem and laid in a manger, and wise men with gifts visited Mary and Joseph to witness Jesus after His miraculous birth.  But is that it? Does the nativity scene fully depict the cosmic-scale impact of Jesus’ birth?  Wouldn’t the Son of God and the Savior of humanity require a “grander entrance” into this world?

As you ponder these questions, read the following passages of Scripture:

  1. Matthew 1:18-25.
  2. Luke 2:1-7, 21-52.
  3. John 1:1, 14.
  4. Philippians 2:5-8.

How do all four of these passages relate?

Is your understanding of Jesus’ birth changed after reading these passages? Why or why not?


Dependence on God’s Sufficiency

Christians frequently avoid discipleship and Gospel proclamation due to fear of awkwardness and rejection.  Feeling unequipped to teach is another reason we avoid sharing the Gospel, and are these fears justified?  YES.  Presenting the Gospel often is awkward, we will be rejected, and inherently we are unequipped to share the Gospel.  Should fear stop us from presenting the Gospel?  NO, because Christ’s sufficiency working through God’s sovereignty trumps and overcomes all fear related to sharing the Gospel.

Read 2 Corinthians 3:4-6.

  1.  Do you need to rely on your personal ability to share the Gospel?

Read Romans 1:16.

  1. Is salvation dependent on your power?