18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,because he will save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:18 – 21 NIV
Have you ever wondered why God chose to have Jesus born by Mary rather than appear as a grown man? Instead of spending his entire childhood and adult life on Earth, God could have had Jesus on Earth for just a few years as an adult. That would have saved a lot of time and effort . . . but then the beauty of creation would not have been showcased through his birth.
My husband, Dale, and I became parents on October 28, 2012 to a boy weighing in at 9 lb. 14 oz. He was such a hefty guy, we thought he should have a big name, too, so we selected Christian Alexander.
We chose to not know his sex until the delivery. All throughout the pregnancy we debated what we thought the baby would be, or I should say others debated – I knew it was a boy from the first day we found out we were expecting. It was as if God decided to give me a little inside information on his creation, just like Mary and Joseph got the scoop on Jesus before he was born.
Becoming a parent is a magical and terrifying experience. You spend hours inspecting every little part of your darling, marveling at how perfect he is, and then an equal amount of time brainstorming and researching the source of his incessant crying. I imagine Mary and Joseph experienced something similar. Even though Jesus was perfect in every way, he was still born a babe. His parents likely marveled at how beautiful his toes were and guessed what color his eyes and hair would be as he got older. They probably savored every moment with him, knowing he would grow up faster than they wanted.
God sending Jesus to us as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes was brilliant and beautiful. Jesus’ birth gives us parents and our little ones something to relate to and cherish, and lets everyone celebrate the miracle of creation each year. Only God could create something as magnificent as a baby named Jesus.