Jesus Christ was born for many reasons. He was born to die, to be a sacrifice for our sin, born to serve instead of being served, born to call not the righteous, but sinners. Christ was born into a world of error, brokenness and pain. This world devours us, literally and figuratively. It is a place where we must use our intelligence and work to whittle out life for ourselves and our families.
This is the situation Joseph and Mary find themselves when God chooses them for their magnificent task. They experienced the coarse community judgment of an unexpected pregnancy. They endured the long arduous walk from Nazareth to Bethlehem, especially for a pregnant woman, some 90 miles. Then the exasperation of having to stay in a barn. Once the mandated census was over, the urgency of just getting Him home. Yet, there was no, “Home from the hospital” day. They had to flee from there to Egypt so Herod, a despot king, couldn’t have Jesus killed! Then to Egypt. A new baby and a family move inside of a year. Uprooted and replanted there until Herod died, then back to Nazareth.
Jesus was born into the grind of eking out life in a place which would have devoured him if it weren’t for the faithfulness of His earthly parents. Their faith called them to follow God and raise the Christ. Their faith called them to overcome the difficulty and ultimate destruction this life threatens simply from living it. Joseph and Mary’s faith allowed Jesus to overcome His infant vulnerability. Joseph and Mary’s faith in Christ allowed them to overcome their own ultimate vulnerability; to overcome the world and death itself.
We are like Mary and Joseph in that we exist in a world trying to devour us. Like them we are whittling out life so that our families can thrive. We exist in the grim truth that the life we eke out now will succumb to eventual mortality. While we overcome daily, we live with the truth of our eventual end. We feel the weighty need to overcome this. We desire life while at all times the earth is consuming lives. Who will save us? This Christ, born to die, born to overcome death, met us here. He went to the cross. He afforded us the eternal life we so desperately desire by way of our faith in Him. He was born to overcome, so we can overcome. Praise be to God.
1 John 5:4–5 (ESV) “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”