This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

love came down 2“Our Lord Jesus Christ exchanged the throne of glory for a manger borrowed from the animals; when he was presented in the temple, his parents could afford only the offering made by the poor (Luke 2 v 22-24; see Leviticus 12 v 6-8). He had no place to lay his head; his only possession of any worth when he died was a seamless robe someone had lovingly made for him, he was buried in a borrowed grave. Yes, he became poor to make us rich. No wonder then that Paul wrote:

‘Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God…made himself mothing, taking the form of a servant…and…humble himself.’ (Philippians 2 v 3-8)

There is no room for arrogance when every gift we have is from Jesus. Paul teaches us that humility replaces arrogance when we see that Love came down at Christmas.”