“He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” 1 Peter 1:20, NIV.
Before God spoke light into darkness, named every star and created man and woman, He had a plan of redemption for humanity (Gen 1:3; Ps 147:4; Gen 1:27). God proves His proximity by demonstrating His infinite love by coming to earth in human form. Jesus is the long-awaited promise—the Messiah. One of my favorite stories about Jesus as a baby is found in Luke 2:22–40. These scriptures prove that Joseph and Mary upheld the law of Moses by Jesus’ circumcision and offering a pair of turtledoves (Luke 2:21, 24). Also, the doves help us readers understand Jesus’ economic situation, they could not afford a lamb.
Because Jesus is our perfect Savior, I sometimes forget that He did not live a perfect life. Jesus did not come as the Messianic King most Jewish people expected. Rather, He came, in the most innocent of forms, as a baby, and was born into a family with minimal financial resources.
He, being the King of kings, can identify with the political, wealthy, and religious leaders, but also associate Himself with the impoverished and marginalized castaways of society. And today, He can identify with you, exactly where you are. That’s the great thing about our God, when we draw close to Him, He will draw even closer to us.
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Philippians 2:6–7.
Regardless of your family background, economic status, or past, Jesus can reach you, you’re family—the whole world. There is no one like our God. He truly is the King of kings!

Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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