Updated: Jan 20, 2019
This was originally written in 2014.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7 KJV)
What if Jesus was born in a magnificent palace to the most prominent couple in Jerusalem? What if He came out from His mother's womb with a golden crown on His head? He would live as a prince and be treated as an heir. He would have great accessories. He would be made king in an early age. He would empower His army and command them to battle against Satan and his demons, defeat them and overcome death. Then He would be known throughout the earth as the world's Savior...That sounds so fulfilling, doesn't it?
But Jesus, the Son of God was born in a manger in the little town Bethlehem. He lived in a carpenter's house, and He took the lowly work of carpentry. He walked around without money (one day, he had to pay tax with a coin from the mouth of a fish). His own people doubted Him. He was hated for His infallible wisdom and truth. He rode a donkey which He didn't own. Jesus was rejected, betrayed and given in to death (yet He overcame death). He was spat on, beaten and tortured. The King of Kings was crowned with thorns and not honored with a throne on earth. He was crucified and pierced. Jesus rose and He ascended to Heaven in glory. Let us also not forget the man who was born blind whom the disciples inquired of.
"And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him" (John 9:1-3 KJV).
Ill beginnings, unsuccessful outcomes, low expectations and unwelcoming hindrances; who wants them? No one. Nobody wants to fail in life. No one prays for mischief, poverty and painful loss. If God knows us even before we are born, why does He not let things happen in alliance to the greatness of our destiny? Why does He make a king a carpenter and a great warrior a coward?
A man rises even higher when he has experienced fall and its consequences. A man is motivated to strive to the peak of the mountain when he knows his vision in the valley is short-sighted. A rich man will appreciate his wealth much more when he has being a victim of poverty. A man will learn to love purely when he has been ostracized and hated by many. A man will be made wiser when others have made a fool out of him.
While it sucks, it is the case that sometimes you fail so as to succeed. You fall so that you can rise! You are brought down to be lifted up. You are weakened to be strong. You are impoverished so that you can be rich. Despite the fact that you are the least among the least outside, your destiny makes you royal. Jesus overcame death by dying. Now, that is fulfilling. That is glorious. That is the victory...