Jesus walks with us. The manger reminds us that, harsh as this world is, Jesus walks with us. Through the poverty, hunger, hardship, and struggles, Jesus knows how hard it is.
As we sang "The Little Drummer Boy" in worship last Sunday, this line struck me: "I am a poor boy, too." Jesus came to be with us, to enter into the difficulties and joys of this world. He was like us. We are like him.
No wonder Isaiah tells us that he will be called Immanuel, which means, "God with us." God is not some cosmic force, or supernatural cop. He loves us so much that he gave his Son to live among us, and to experience the ups and downs of earthly life.
So, when we experience the joys, Jesus walks with us. When we hit the hardships, Jesus walks with us. He gave up all the glory of heaven to be with us, to redeem us, to show us his love. And so we celebrate Christmas.
Welcome to this world, Jesus!