On Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus into a very dark world. He was born in a place and time that was incredibly dark with murderous, dictatorial government and corrupt religious leadership.
The birth of Jesus, the Messiah, had been foretold, expected and yes, longed for by some. On one hand, he came in a very surprising and understated way, yet on the other hand it was glorious! The star, the angels . . . the wise men, the prophecies being fulfilled . . . the miraculous birth of a virgin young woman named Mary.
You know the story, at least part of it. But there is so much more to Jesus than a baby born in Bethlehem and placed in an animal feeding trough, a manger, for a bed!