Gently strapped in a chair a small child is seemingly restricted and restrained. The purpose is usually to prevent him from falling out of the chair or to offer a cuddling effect. What seems unkind is often the means of comfort and safety.
Over two thousand years ago a tiny baby was wrapped in cloths and placed in a manger used to feed cattle. This baby appeared to be restricted and restrained from accomplishing anything good. But this event – this child – revealed the advent of a King with a kingship unlike any other. Although wrapped in swaddling cloth as a baby, He became an adult who was wrapped in strips of burial cloth. Instead of a manger, He rested in a tomb meant for another man. With hands and feet kissed by His mother, this baby would suffer excruciating agony on a cross with nails piercing those same hands and feet. His kingdom was not of earth but reigns through all eternity. The advent of this King is our source of comfort and safety from the devil, the world, and our flesh. This King – Jesus – lives in us and is our true King of glory.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, open my eyes to Your coming as a special occasion in my life. Help me to prepare my heart for Your birth, death, and resurrection – all wrapped into one. Amen.