He renounced His citizenship in Heaven, and though He was rich, for our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might become rich. Jesus not only had to come down amongst us, but He had to be one of us! He had to become a member of the human community.

He came as a meek and quiet, weak and helpless baby. He not only adapted Himself to our bodily form, but also conformed to the human ways of life. He was human. He got tired, He got hungry, He got weary. He was subject to all these things, even as we are, yet without sin, that He might be a good High Priest, have compassion upon us, know how we feel, know when we’re footsore and weary, know when we’ve had enough.

God sent Jesus to become a human being in order that He might better reach us with His love, communicate with us on the lowly level of our own human understanding and have more mercy and patience with us than God Himself. Think of that!

“He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14), having worn that frame Himself, suffering in it, and dying in it for our sakes. He came down here to our level that He might take us with Him back up to His. What a miracle, all for our sakes!

We thank You, Jesus, that You were born on this Earth to live here for us and to die for us. You lived here like us, and suffered through all the things that we have to go through, yet You never wavered in faith.

We thank You for the greatest gift of all, Yourself. We thank You, Lord, for Your gift of love, above all other things. We thank You for Your birthday and Your life and Your death and all that went into giving us salvation and eternal life! Amen.

- David Brandt Berg

A Bed In My Heart

Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.

My heart for very joy doth leap,
My lips no more can silence keep.
I too must sing, with joyful tongue,
That sweetest ancient cradle song,

Glory to God in the highest Heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given,
While angels sing with pious mirth,
A glad New Year to all the Earth.

- Martin Luther
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