Jesus, the Son of God, comes into the world in the most lowly and humble of places.
He is born in a stable among livestock and laid in a manger.
It is interesting to note that the word Bethlehem means “house of bread” and Jesus the “Bread of Life” John 6:35 was born there and laid in a manger, a feeding trough for animals.
There are shepherds nearby watching their sheep and suddenly an angel appears to them and says,
“Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.” -Luke 2:10-14
The shepherds leaving their flocks are the first to go and worship the baby Jesus.
The shepherds are the first to see Jesus.
The King of kings and Lord of lords humbles Himself to be born in a manger and to have among his first visitors simple shepherds.
Mary is also truly humble.
She says not a word.
She does not seek attention or praise, rather the Bible says, she “kept all these things pondering them in her heart.” -Luke 2:20
And upon leaving they are the first to bring the Good News of Jesus’ birth to the world.
The Magi, or the Three Wise Men come from the east. They are astrologers who are following a star that is raising up above the place where Jesus is born.
On their travels they stop in Jerusalem and ask King Herod where the king of the Jews is and say that they have followed his star and come to adore him.
Now King Herod being a jealous man tricks the Three Wise Men into thinking that he also wants to worship the newborn king.
He tells them he does not know where the baby is but when they find him to return and tell him so he too may go and worship the baby.
Continuing on their journey, they follow the star to Bethlehem.
“And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and falling down they adored him; and opening their treasures, they offered him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” -Matthew 2:11