The blood sacrifice of bulls, rams, birds etc. which was offered for the sins of man, whose destiny was eternal damnation, was not adequate for his atonement, so God in His love for His creation devised a plan to redeem mankind.
This was foretold by the prophets. Ahaz said in Isaiah 8:14, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.”
Isaiah 9:6 informs us: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall called Wonder, Councilor, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”.
The prophesy was not vain saying. It was manifested in Luke 1:18, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was this wise: When his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost”.
Caesar Augustus decreed that all should be taxed hence Joseph and Mary journeyed from Judea to Bethlehem into the city of David to pay their tax.
Mary’s pregnancy was far advanced and she must have had some discomfort making the journey expecting to find accommodation in the Inn. Unfortunately the Inn was fully occupied; there was no place for them. By this time Mary was about to deliver the child. The only place they found was a manger/a stable where animals were kept and there she delivered her first born, Jesus, the King of kings; the Lord of lords; a lowly birth.
In prophesying his birth, it was told that there will be a sign; it was a star which the wise men of the East saw shining over Bethlehem and so they made their way to Bethlehem bringing gifts of Frankincense and Myrrh for the baby, Jesus, who they found in the manger wrapped in swaddling clothes; they not only presented him with those gifts , but also sang songs of glory, honour and praise to the Christ Child, who came not to judge the world but to seek and to save the lost.
And so while we celebrate his birth, what matters most is His Saving Grace; going to Calvary where he laid down his life so that those who trust him may be redeemed and it is because of this we are able to celebrate not only his birth, but also his death, burial and glorious resurrection.
Let us therefore continue to give him the honour, glory and praise which he richly deserves.