Jesus’ birth was like that of every other baby ever born. Mary went into labor and experienced great pain. She greeted her baby with great joy and thanksgiving. She quickly placed him in swaddling clothes to keep him warm and secure. And she had to feed and clean him up every couple of hours around the clock. But Jesus’ birth was also unlike that of any other baby ever born. He would take on the pain and sin of the whole world, and defeat it on the cross. He would be reviled and put to death by the political and religious powers of his day. He would go to the people who were most invisible and marginalized to give them comfort. And he would offer bread for the soul and clean the foulest heart. Yes, when you look in the manger you’ll see Mary’s son, but you’ll also see so much more. You’ll see the Savior of the world.