The Scandal of the Incarnation
Imagine a dirty, dank, stinky barn full of animal manure. Now close your eyes and take a deep breath in through your nose. This was the environment that the Son of glory was born into. This is the reality of the Nativity.
During Christmas, I prefer the smell of cookies baking, the fresh pine smell of a Christmas tree, and candy canes to the smell of manure any day. But if we want a true depiction of the Christmas story, we ought to consider the scandal of the coming of Jesus.