Humble Beginnings

Recently, we watched “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” for the who knows how many times.  The Hollywood story revolves around the search for the so called Holy Grail, which was the cup Christ drank from at His last supper.  Why the search for this? Because it supposedly would provide immortality to anyone who drank from it. Quite a story, right?  But you can see what was driving all these people to find it.  Well. In the final dramatic scene, Indy surveys a table with many chalices and cups, and he must choose the right one because chosing the wrong one would bring immediate death.  Most were bejeweled and very ornate.  But Indy wisely deduced that these would not be the cup of a carpenter.  Naturally, the right cup was very plain and simple, as you would expect of a lowly “working man.” 


What struck me was just how humble the Son of God’s beginnings on Earth really were.  “And she gave birth to her first born Son, and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for Him in the inn.” Luke 2:7   Wow! And this is the only begotten Son of God!  No fanfare!  No grand entrance!  He entered the world's stage in the most humble of ways!  As He grew older, He remained true to His humble roots. There were times when He didn’t even have a place to lay His head.  But you know, in some counter intuitive way, this is actually one more confirmation of who He really is - the Son of God!  Because, this is how God always operates.  “For consider your calling brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh , not many wise, not many noble, but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things that are strong.”  I Corinthians 1:26-27


I am thankful for that!