Have you ever gotten a gift that wasn’t quite what you expected it to be? Maybe you took one look at it and thought, “What am I supposed to do with this?” And there is a certain level of disappointment that comes along with that, but maybe later you can see its true value. It was kind of the same with Jesus. He wasn’t what anyone was expecting. When God sent the world a Savior, when He became flesh, He was a poor little baby, not a mighty warrior. And even when He grew to be a man, He still wasn’t what people expected Him to be. He was a teacher and a preacher, not a politician, not a soldier. He was the Son of God and the Son of man, someone people couldn’t quite wrap their minds around.
So often God works outside of our expectations to give us what He knows we need much more than what we think we need. That baby that confounded the world grew to be the world’s Savior, the one who would in turn give us that most unexpected gift of salvation, forgiveness, a relationship with God and all that goes with that.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
It’s easy sometimes for that familiar Christmas story to kind of lose its meaning as we repeat it year after year. But God is still doing unexpected things all the time. He’s still confounding wise men. He’s still performing miracles. He’s still showing up in ways that we wouldn’t expect. But let’s not miss it trying to find what we think should be there instead. Let’s allow Him to lead us to a baby in a manger, a Savior on a cross, and then forward into those unexpected blessings He has in store for us.