Christmas apologetics begins at T minus 33 years and counting
by Donnie Griffin
“Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’ ”” (Hebrews 10:5–7, ESV)
Jesus was born into obscurity.
There’s little doubt that Bethlehem was a one-horse town in the middle of nowhere. A manger is not exactly a crib fit for a king. And shepherds are not what you’d call storybook subjects of royalty.
Yet that is exactly the context of the birth narrative, the first Christmas.
If you’ve done any careful study of the incarnation though, you already know that this obscurity is quite the point.
Jesus was born into humility.
He did not come as royalty. He came as an impoverished child of a carpenter and his very young wife. (Mary may have been as young as 13 years old). Jesus was born in a nasty feeding trough and was worshiped by the lowest people in that particular society.
If you had told anyone in Bethlehem that that little baby was the King of kings, their response would’ve been one of my children’s favorite, “whatever”.
Jesus was born into obscurity, but he didn’t intend to remain there.
The clock has been running forward for about 2000 years, but at the time of Jesus’ birth it was not. When Jesus was born, even though he in his humanness was not yet aware, the clock was running at T minus 33 years and counting. Jesus had 33 years to move from obscurity and humility to exaltation…
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