Luke 2:4-7 – Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
A lot of us were birthed and raised up in hard situations and surroundings. Even to the point of some of us could say we were abused. We wonder why some us were born into these situations, and why. We have tried to free our minds through deliverance ministries or “self help” books – only to still remember a numerous things of our darkened past. Even today, some of us that are reading this now are trying to shake it all off. Let me show you something that God has shown me that may help.
If we lived during the times of Jesus’ birth and observed His life through our “westernized,” “politically correct” mentality, we would conclude that Jesus had a Father that was abusive. He birthed His Son with animals and in an un-sanitized environment (manger); not God causing Jesus to be among people who cursed Him and wanted to destroy His life daily. We would have probably picked up the phone and called the authorities on God. Yet Jesus was some how at peace at the way He was raised and led. Maybe He saw His process through the eyes of the Father instead of through His own understanding.
The darkness and abuse that Jesus encountered, designed Him to be the great King He was called to be from the beginning. It also aligned Jesus with His purpose and God. The things that He suffered molded Him to be the perfect new Man, and a example for our sake in walking in the newness of life. (ex. Heb. 5:7, Heb. 2:17)
So, one of the answers to a lot of our bad situations and upbringings is, it formed us into the exact image of the Son of God. For God births true sons and daughters out of chaos and darkness, as He did His only begotten Son. Part of the answer to why some of our “so called” dark past will not leave from our minds is not because we have a problem or are being haunted, but because it has the sovereign hand print of God’s all over it. The reason why we can’t see it that way is because the enemy or man has taught us different over the past few centuries. Our past speaks volumes of the mysterious work of God, and reflects God’s awesome goodness and mercy in our lives. So rejoice! For you look more like Him now than you ever did.J