Uneventful. It was Joseph and Mary that night. Their newborn baby lying in a manger. The written account records no one else being there the night of Jesus’ birth. No animals, no angels. Just a little family. That night, some shepherds paid a visit. A year or two later some magi (wise men, not kings) showed up at the house to see the “child”. Not much of a reception for God.
Think of it. Immanuel was born (meaning God is with us), but only a handful of lowly shepherds knew of it. God came to dwell with men and women and no one noticed. It seems the religious leaders sort of liked him for a moment—when he was 12-years-old. Soon after those same men would despise and reject him. He would be a man of sorrows; despised and not esteemed.
He came to dwell with men, but they killed him. His promise is still intact—he will dwell with men again. Men and women continue to reject him. But he will return as King of kings and Lord of lords. He will be with us.
The beautiful message of Christmas is not a baby, nor angels, or wise men—not even cattle lowing. It is the promise of God dwelling with man. Immanuel.
Believe in him today for eternal life. John 3:16
“I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with men. He shall be with them and they shall be his people, and Almighty God will be with them. He shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, there shall be no more death. Neither sorrow, nor crying, and no more pain. The former things have all passed away.” He who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new!” He said unto me, “Write these words, for they are faithful and true.”