Yesterday, we lit the “Bethlehem” candle for the second week of Advent. It’s the week we remember the faith of Mary and Joseph—and what faith that was! Is easy for us to forget how impossible the word was they were asked to believe. And not just believe, but act on. And not just act on, but be ridiculed for. After all, no one was really prepared for God’s plan. No one expected an unwed teen girl to give birth to the Messiah. No one expected the Savior’s earthly caregiver would be a poor carpenter. No one expected the King of Kings to be born in a stable amongst the barn animals. And no one expected the Lord of Lord’s welcoming committee to be a group of rag-tag shepherds.
But, Mary and Joseph heard the word of the Lord. They took it in, let it change them, and obeyed it– even at great personal cost. And the beautiful thing is it was their very obedience that paved the way for their own salvation. The manger made the resurrection possible.
God hasn’t asked you to give birth to the Christ in a stable, but He’s definitely asked you to do something. And it’s probably something you weren’t expecting. How do I know? Because He’s not a tame God. His ideas are wild, adventurous, and beautiful.
How will you respond to His word over your life? Will you take it in, let it change you, and obey? One thing’s for sure. You’ll never experience the glory of resurrection in your life if you’re not willing to undertake some manger experiences.