The Obscure Baby

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 1:21

He was an obscure baby born to obscure parents in an obscure Middle Eastern town witnessed by obscure shepherds, foreigners, and animals. And yet He was and is the single-most central figure in all of history. He had no money to speak of, no wealth, no significant fame, no degrees, no fanfare. He had no home, no wife, no children. He walked with sinners, and rebuked the religious leaders of his day. He taught, and people hung on his every word. He healed the sick, raised the dead, rebuked demons, and walked alongside his Disciples. Religious leaders wanted to stone him; his followers wanted to crown Him king. He exposed hypocrisy, but had compassion on those who sought forgiveness.

Entire libraries of books have been written about this son of a carpenter; many more libraries have yet to be written. His message brought unity among his followers, but division among those who didn't. He still divides, and unifies. He was extremely clear about how to approach the Father: through Him and Him alone.

The obscure boy born in a cow's trough invites us to be His followers every day we're on this Earth.

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