WISDOM IS RECOGNIZING AND EMBRACING THE PLAINEST GIFT OF ALL
2b he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:1-6 Read the rest of this entry
Jesus came to us as a baby, innocent and new. As he walked the Earth, he shared a special concern and love for children.
But Jesus called them to him, and said, Suffer little children to come to me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Luke 18:16
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. Matthew 18: 1-5
How wonderful to hear a child talk about Jesus. How strong and trusting is their faith. How well they can grasp the concepts of the Bible.
Following is the Christmas story told in a special way by a group of children in New Zealand. I think it will touch your heart, and make you smile.
My 7 year old had a very specific request a few weeks ago. “I want a baby Jesus that I can take out of the manger.”
I had some nativity scene decorations but I didn’t have a nativity with a baby Jesus that could be taken out of the manger, and I knew I had to find one just for her. I remembered the one that I had played with as a young child and I knew how special it had been to me. I loved taking the baby Jesus in and out of the manger when I was her age too.
So my teenager and I went Christmas shopping and I looked and looked for that special request but couldn’t find one anywhere. I even looked online. Sadly, I told my teenager I was giving up. And then she said to me, “she can have my baby Jesus.” I was delighted as I remembered that my mom gave her the baby Jesus (or one just like it) that I played with as a little girl, and realized that she had kept it as one of the few things from her childhood she still cherished. That she would pass it on to her little sister said worlds to me. That the same baby Jesus was still around to warm another’s heart and add to her Christmas childhood memories meant so much to me.
And I also thought…..that’s what Christmas is all about…..that we give our baby Jesus to others.
This Christmas, may you remember that God’s most awesome work was done through the frailty of his Son. May you cherish that the baby Jesus brought hope to you and your family…..and share your baby Jesus with others so they can know the wonder of his love, the hope of his salvation, and the promise of eternal life. May baby Jesus be the center of your Christmas focus and may each generation pass that hope to the next.
And please do remember to take that baby Jesus out of the manger….and put him in your heart.