On a beautiful day in December, a young child around the age of 9 or 10 and her grandmother were sharing time together walking through the grandmother’s quiet little community. During the walk, they came across a beautiful and lifelike Nativity scene. It was there that the young girl saw a baby in a manger. She turned to her Grammy and asked…
It’s Party Time – Let’s Celebrate
It is at Christmas when the whole world celebrates the season. They celebrate with family gatherings filled with food and drink, gift-giving, Santa, parties, shopping sprees, decorations, lights, singing, etc. Americans love the Christmas Celebration – Businesses love the Christmas Celebration – The Church loves the Christmas Celebration – Children Love the Christmas Celebration! It is one mega party all are celebrating the season for their own reasons that seem right in their own eyes. (Proverbs 21:2)
There is a major problem!
There Is No Room For Him
The celebrations are filled with attempts to bring merriness and happiness. But Americans experience the highest levels of depression and suicide during the month of December. Businesses are made or broken based on the commodity of the baby in the animal feed trough. Churches are filled with individuals that only visit at Christmas to celebrate the harmless little baby that would never point out their sins. Children are loaded down with worldly gifts that are quickly forgotten or become an obsession through visual stimulation which reprograms their brains. Christmas has become a sell-out to the lusts of this world which are not of God and absent of the One that is the reason for the Celebration (1 John 2:15-17, Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever). Today, just as the day He was born; “There Is No Room For Him” at the Celebration! Luke 2:7, 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.
The Baby Is From the Beginning to the End
Starting from the first book of the Bible the baby is foretold – Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
More than seven hundred years before the birth of the baby the Prophet Isaiah told of His coming; All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah also gives us this in Chapter 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Finally, in the last Book of the Bible, in the last chapter, Jesus has this to say about Himself, Revelation 22:12-13, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
Joy and Sadness Mingle
It is during this time of the year those who know the truth of Christmas have an unspeakable JOY in our hearts because of what God did to free us from the penalty of our sins and to redeem us. But we also experience a broken heart knowing that the shadow that is cast behind the manger is the Cross. The Cross that Jesus would one day endure in order to provide the Free Will Gift that would free us from the bondage of our sins! Yes, only God could redeem lost humanity from their sins. Yes, it was our sins that placed Jesus the Christ on that Cross.
Our hearts are also heavy knowing there are so many who do not know the name of the baby in the manger. Even more tragic is that they do not know why He came into this world!
She turned to Grammy and asked, “Who is that baby?” The grandmother said, “It’s the baby Jesus.” The little girl asked, “Who is Jesus?” The grandmother replied, “You will need to ask your mommy and daddy who he is.”
Who Is That Baby?
As you read this Christmas has passed for this year. The majority that celebrated have moved on with their lives. Most left the baby in the manger and life is back to normal with a paradigm that has no room for a cross or the babe who 33 years later would be lifted up upon it as the only sacrifice that would save them.
Jesus said this to Nicodemus in John 3:13-17, No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Those of the world say he is a harmless baby, some say he is a great moral teacher, there is even some that claim he was a prophet.
The baby in the manger has a question for you, “But who do you say I am?” (Luke 9:20)
In the Grace, Mercy, and Love of Jesus Christ,
P.S. Did the child find out who Jesus was from her parents? Stay tuned!