“…And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”
(Luke 2:7 KJV)
Swaddling is an age-old practice of wrapping infants snugly in blankets or similar cloth so that the movement of their limbs is tightly restricted and the child is held secure. Mothers have swaddled their babies throughout history. According to Ezekiel 16:4, for a newborn to go unwashed and not be swaddled was a sign that the child was unloved. But Luke tells us that as difficult as things were for Mary and Joseph at the time of her delivery, “… she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes…” (Luke 2:7).
Isaiah says that, “He was despised and rejected by men…” (Isa 53:3). But, however Christ may have been despised by the world, He was brought forth in love. He was loved by His earthly parents, who took whatever cloth was available to them as they camped in a manger and made certain that He was wrapped in love. The Heavenly Father affirmed His love for The Son time and time again (Matt 3:17, 17:5; Mark 1:11, 9:7; Luke 3:22, 20:13).
In a world filled with hate Christ came forth in love, as a sign to us that the point and purpose of it all is love. The Birth of Christ is both the revelation and revolution of love in the world. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). I pray for us all a revolutionary Christmas.