Tuesday, Second Week of Advent

King of Glory. Prince of Peace. Lord of Lords. King of Kings. Savior. I AM. Emmanuel. Son of the Most High. Author and Sustainer of Life. Word of God. The Messiah. These names convey power, majesty, shining greatness. They proclaim a Redeemer who is victorious over sin and death, one who is sovereign over the created world.

But consider this:
"And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord?and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, 'a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.' "
-- Luke 2:22, 24

What cannot be learned from this passage alone is that a sacrifice of two birds for the firstborn child, the sacrifice that Mary and Joseph brought, could only be offered when the parents were too impoverished to afford a lamb for sacrifice (Leviticus 12:8).

The King of Glory, born to a family that could not afford a lamb to present to the Lord at His birth. What infinite humility, what condescension we see in our King! That He left the comfort, love, and luxury of Heaven to be born as a defenseless babe, in a dirty manger, into poverty. What an example to us; what love and mercy and grace and humility He extends to us.

Jesus, grant to us to know your diverse excellencies: your humility, your jealousy for your own name, your love, your wrath, your grace, your infinite knowledge, your meekness, your might, your peace, your compassion, your greatness, your justice, your kindness, your eternality, that You ARE, you are God and Man. Let us know you as you are, and help us to comprehend and to embrace all of your character so that we may grow in your likeness and display in our lives, regardless of our circumstances, how great You are.

xo Courtney Johnson '06