For many of us, Christmas is a season marked by festive decorations, sparkling lights, perfectly wrapped presents, and lighthearted music. But the reality of Jesus’ birth was not really festive at all. It was scandalous — an unmarried teenage girl who claimed she would give birth to the son of God. Jesus, born in a barn, came from a messed up family tree and was nearly murdered before he was two years old. How could something this outrageous be God’s plan to save all of creation?
The star of the story of Christmas demonstrated a kind of humility that is completely glorious and wrapped in mystery. The central scandal of Christmas is Jesus’ humility.
Jesus’ genealogy was filled with the brokenness that he came to heal. In love he took our sin, called us his, and made us clean.