From the Palace to the Brothel: a Christmas Story?
I have been thinking of how Christ left heaven in all of its splendor and beauty to descend to a stinky dirty stable. Think about it for a moment. The very creator of the universe, the one who spoke everything into existence and holds everything together by the power of his word, chose to become one of the very things he had created and not only become human but a helpless baby. The author of life became mortal and resigned himself to eventual suffering and death. He left heaven, where tens of thousands of angels attended and worshiped him. He left heaven where he shone brighter than the sun. He left heaven and came to live as one of us. He came to be born in a stable filled with dung, urine, and stink. He came from heaven to be lain in a slobbery food trough with prickly pest infested hay for bedding.
That is not the end of the story though. What really gets me is that Christ, after he had been born, lived, suffered, and died, ascended back to heaven, but then he descended to a more dirty and disgusting residence than the stable. Christ has come to live in a place that has been used for evil thinking, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, and slander. What a horrible sounding place to live. Why would he, the holy one, who had already been born in a stable to suffer and die choose to live in such a place? He did it for a new birth, but this time it was not his birth. It was our birth.
Matthew 15:19-20 describes the human heart as this place. The “Brothel” is the human heart. Christ, though in heaven, resides now in everyone who turns to him and trusts him as savior. When we trust him he gives us a new heart, but we are so used to the filth that we try to drag it into us again. Dear Christian, when you drag these things into your life you drag Christ through the filth too. He loves us so much he is willing to come live in such a place to reach out to us. He loves us so much that he is willing to endure living in such a despicable place to give us a new heart and keep it clean. Not only did he go to the nasty stable but he goes to the filthy heart of the one who trusts in him. That is the savior that we have. What amazing love! More than amazing!