What Christmas Brought

Christmas is upon us, and those who follow the way of Jesus are filled with joy at the remembrance of the Son of God’s entrance into humanity. In Jesus we have been offered the Father’s ultimate gift to his creation: his one and only Son. One of my fondest childhood Christmas memories involves the way that my mother reminded my sister and me that Christmas was about Jesus’ birth. For the entire season of advent we would have a nativity set up with an empty crib of hay. On Christmas morning either me or my sister was allowed to place baby Jesus in the nativity. Many of use have among our season’s decor a manger scene depicting the infant Jesus, Mary, Joseph, among other figures. It is a beautiful was to commemorate Luke’s telling of the Christmas story. The problem for many of us is that we keep the Jesus we follow in the manger. Baby Jesus is easy to dismiss as King of our lives. As a baby, Jesus is easy to control or ignore altogether. You do not surrender you life to a baby, for a baby is dependent upon others for its well-being. Thus, we tend to be more comfortable with a baby Jesus. At Christmas we remember that Jesus humbled himself and entered the world the same was as every other human being. But the baby in the manger grows up. He is affirmed in his identity by the Father. From that relationship, Jesus draws purpose. Jesus knew why he had come and told those around him what his birth had brought. Do not think...

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