Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:8-14
The announcement of Jesus’ birth was made to smelly men that lived outdoors. His delivery room was a barn, and His crib was a food trough. Not the glamorous entrance that many would expect for such a prestigious person. That’s OK, God intended it that way. He intended the introduction of Jesus to the world to be through simple, relatable means.
Jesus grew up as a simple carpenter in a small town near nowhere special. He lived a simple life of simple means. He communicated a message so simple that even a kid can understand–God’s love and forgiveness is available to all who will believe. In the best way you know how, invite Jesus to be a part of your life.
Let’s not complicate Christmas.