When we consider Jesus’ life, it’s easy to gloss over his birth and jump straight to his death and resurrection. But it’s worth remembering that his journey to bring us salvation began in an extraordinary way.
Dennis Fisher writes in today’s Our Daily Bread devotional of the remarkable itinerary Jesus followed during his earthly mission:
Imagine this itinerary of our Savior, Jesus Christ: Place of origin—the heavenly places; Initial destination—Bethlehem; Mode of travel—the virgin birth; Reason for travel—the redemption of sinners; Return destination—the right hand of the Father.
Philippians 2:5-11 eloquently describes Christ’s coming to earth to provide our redemption. One Bible commentator considers this passage a hymn of praise to the glory of the Suffering Servant who became exalted for His obedience: “Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, . . . humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death . . . . Therefore God also has highly exalted Him” (vv.5-9).
Our Lord’s extraordinary itinerary of redemption should fill our hearts with gratitude and praise!