As I watched the prayer vigil on television this evening and listened to the prayers from clergy of many faiths, and heard the President speak words of comfort and support from a nation in morning to the families of those killed in this horrible massacre, the words of that carol bore deep into my consciousness.
For as we think back on the day more than two millenia ago, we are reminded that when Jesus came into the world, He came at the hard edges of reality. It was a time of political turmoil, of poverty, and of oppression just as it is today. His birth was not greeted with undiluted celebration. Indeed, King Herod set out to kill all the children under the age of 2, all to make sure that Jesus would be killed. So, it was a costly birth and as we read in Philippians 2:5-8, He made himself of no reputation and took upon Himself, the form of a servant, and humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death on the cross.