Message of the Day: Jesus Was Born “Poor” To Teach Us That It Is Not A Dishonor To Be Poor!
“So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:6-7, NKJV)
The Inn in Greek means “guest chamber”, “spare or upper room” in a private house or in a village. It is connected with the idea of hospitality in a private house rather than in a public inn. The expression “there was no room..” means “there was no place” available for them in the guest chamber or upper room.
Swaddling clothes are cloths wrapped tightly around an infant, as customarily done at the time. A manger is a feeding trough. The shepherds suit the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, home town of David the shepherd-king. Their staying in the fields overnight disfavors winter as the season of Jesus’ birth.
The fact that Joseph and Mary were in that place, and under a necessity of taking up their shelter, was in itself not an indication of poverty; it was a mere matter of necessity because there was “no room” in the inn. However, it is worthy to note that Jesus was born “poor.” He did not inherit an elite or wealthy estate. He was not cradled, as many are, in a mansion, but he had virtuous, pious parents, of more value to a child than many riches.
From this we can learn that it is not a dishonor to be poor. Happy is that child who, whether his parents be rich or poor, has pious parents. It does not matter whether we are poor, no fine clothes or a splendid house. It is enough for us to be as “Jesus” was, and God will bless us.
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