God of Losers

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2020 here on GUWG, where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

Here’s today’s question: To whom did Jesus appear when he first came to this planet?

The answer might surprise you. He didn’t come to the powerful or the influential or the wealthy. Instead, he came to the lowest of the low. The outcasts. The losers.

Here’s the cast of not-all-that-impressive characters:

  • a pregnant unwed peasant girl (Mary)
  • a humble carpenter planning to dump his fiancée (Joseph)
  • social misfits rumored to be thieves or worse (shepherds)
  • an elderly homeless widow (Anna)
  • a seemingly confused old man (Simeon)
  • a bunch of star-gazing foreigners (the Magi)
Even more surprising is how Jesus himself — with all the power in the universe at his disposal — opted to join the human race. He “made himself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant.” (Philippians 2:7)

What on earth was Jesus up to? Here’s the answer in his own words:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim  freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (Luke 4:17-18)

That’s the Christmas story in a nutshell: Jesus made himself nothing to save nothings like you and me. And that’s everything.

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