Imagine the angels wanting to get together and throw a baby shower for Mary and Joseph. Angel 1 says, “Check the registry, where are they registered?” They are scrambling around in excitement. Angel 2 says, “Let’s find clothes for a king, matter of fact, the King of kings – Armani, Boss, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci”…his voice tails away as Angel 1 blurts, “They aren’t registered at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom or Saks Fifth Avenue, and actually I don’t see them registered at Bed, Bath an& Beyond or even Targets.” The angel, Gabriel, enters the room. He updates everyone that they registry is at a resale shop in downtown Holly where clothes are given for free. The angels revolt, “This is a mockery of God Himself.” “He deserves only the best.” Gabriel reminds them of the awestruck humility involved in God becoming a man. He is coming for all of mankind. His entrance will be humble. Angel 1 not willing to totally concede, “Sometimes those Second Hand shops have some pretty good stuff.” Gabriel smiles and replies, “They are just going to tear the cloth up so He can have swaddling clothes.” The room is at a hush.
Back to Angel 2, “Ok, ok, but his crib needs to be a throne fit for a king. They have foam memory mattresses and the spindles come in a variety of woods and styles. It must be amazing. I want everyone to immediately see how beautiful His crib is.” Everyone feels an uneasy silence. “Nothing should distract from the baby, Jesus, God Almighty!” Angel 1, with a little less wind in his wings, asks, “So where did they register for that?” Gabriel promptly announces, “Isaac’s Livestock and Feed. It will be perfect, grab any manger and a bail of hay.” He continues, “ For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
A baby was born in a manger
While a bright star shone down from above,
And the world learned the depths of God’s mercy
And the comfort and strength of His love.
May the thought of that long ago Christmas
And the meaning it’s sure to impart,
Bring a wonderful message of comfort
And a deep new peace to your heart.
Helen Steiner Rice
Jesus arrives in a common area of the world around some common folk. There wasn’t a great party or reception (even though one star got his way shining bright for Jesus). Our response should be to welcome Him into our lives, follow Him and live like Him. Humility and Love need to reign supreme.
Gabriel smirks at Michael and says, “You should probably return the Selfie stick as He won’t use it.”
Randy “Doc” Johnson