As you spend time today focusing with family and friends on Jesus, the reason for the season, the Christmas baby that was born so long ago and the hope that he brings, reflect with a thoughtful post by Don Wilton.
Surely no birth has ever garnered more publicity than the birth of our Christmas baby. How well acquainted we are with all the hoopla that surrounds the announcement, the nine month wait and the birth of that little person – so wonderfully made by the specific design of our Lord and our God.
Every baby, without exception, fashioned by the foreknowledge of God and designed to look like God, love like God and live with God forever.
At least this is how God intended every baby to be. But sin interrupted His mighty plan. And so it is that from birth not one single baby is ever born with an ability to look like God or love like God or even live with God.
Here comes the Christmas baby.
This baby, according to God’s gracious love for man, is the only means by which all sinners can be reconciled to a holy and righteous God. (Click to Tweet!)
It was because he was born that all people can look like God and love like God and live with God forever. So, this Christmas baby is well worth seeking after. A visit to his birth manger is not optional if, in fact, any person has any prospect of looking like God and loving like God and living with God forever.
What a story unfolded . . .
First, there was the announcement of the birth.
Mary’s world must have been rocked, to say the least. God chose one very precious young lady to carry the Christ baby. Extreme surprise must have been followed by extreme shock. “Horrors” she might have thought – especially considering the potential scandal.
But God was involved all the way – just as he is involved in the birth of every child. Only he is the giver and taker of life. So Mary’s horror was quickly soothed into a contented silence that always comes when God speaks.
Second, there was the birth itself.
How very unkind of the Inn Keeper to turn his back on a very pregnant young lady. My, how times have changed. Today he would be sued! We would all have it in for him -with no pun intended!
But what if we really understood he said “sorry young lady, no room here,” because he could not help but say this? To what extent was God involved in His master plan for the redemption of all mankind? Unless, of course, we want to imagine some sorry little Inn Keeper had enough power to interfere in God’s sovereign plan.
Anyway, he said “no room” because God fully intended for the Savior of the world to “suffer in all points just as we do” – yet without sin. This suffering was the very suffering Jesus would carry with Him all the way to the cross. There our suffering and sin would be put to death with Him and then buried in a grave to rise no more. This Christmas Baby would identify with us in every way.
Third, there is a very important thought about the birth of the Christmas baby.
Everyone in the world was impacted by it.
At the time when this all happened, there were a bunch of people who found themselves immediately caught up in this beautiful little baby’s birth. A close examination of them takes us exactly where God intends for us to be taken.
Think about the shepherds, the angels, the wise men, the King (Herod) and his court, as well as the by standers who we will never be able to properly identify.
These people represented a cross section of society. They were commoners, small business owners, shop keepers, academics, camel riders, court servants and rude monarchs! Just like Jesus! Right there at the manger it all came together.
One humble young lady giving birth to one precious little baby boy in a smelly stable while covered in a mixture of hay and cow poop!
This is Jesus. The Son of the Living God!
He was the same one who would go to a cruel Roman cross and take upon himself the sin of the world. He was the same one who would conquer sin and death and the grave. And he was the same one who would ascend to be seated at the right hand of the Father and now making intercession for you and for me.
Who exactly? It was the “you and me” who first heard the news about His birth. It was the same “you and me” who sent him to the cross. And it was the same “you and me” who, because of His glorious resurrection, will be raised up to walk with Him in newness of life.
The same “you and me” who will come back with Him when He returns to this earth – not to be surrounded by the difficult and the damning, but to be clothed in the robes of the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
This is the Christmas baby.
Don Wilton is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is the founder and president of The Encouraging Word, a broadcast ministry, and is passionate about hosting teaching tours to the Holy Land each year including Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Rome.
Merry Christmas! As you spend time today focusing with family and friends on Jesus, the reason for the season, the Christmas baby that was born so long ago and the hope that he brings, reflect with a thoughtful post by Don Wilton. Surely no birth has ever garnered more publicity than the birth of our Christmas baby. How […]