Baby Jesus touches the lives of the smallest of children as well as those of us who have celebrated his birth many times. Let’s look in on a family celebrating in a unique way.
Mary and Joseph sat by the manger in front of the family Christmas tree. An uncle was in charge of recording the scene. Grandmother began reading from God’s Word. “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” (Luke 2:8 NIV)
The two-year-old shepherd entered carrying a staff and followed by a furry slipper/sheep being pushed by a rather large sheep aka Granddad. The little shepherd looked around like he was not sure what he should do.
Grandmother continued to read. “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” (Luke 2:9 NIV)
The four-year-old angel with white robe and silver halo stood right in front of the shepherd to deliver his lines. “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today a Savior has been born. You will find him lying in a manager.” (paraphrased Luke 2:10-12)
With much prompting, the shepherd shouted, “Let’s go to Bethlehem,” and off he went to see the baby in the manger.
The narrator continued, “When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.” (Luke 2:17 NIV)
The shepherd spread the word to his great-grandmother who represented the people of Bethlehem, “Baby Jesus is born.” He ended the drama by shouting a finale: “Baby Jesus!”
Baby Jesus Is the Reason We Celebrate
Santa Claus, gifts under the tree, homemade divinity, a tree decorated with a lifetime of special ornaments—these make Christmas special. However, this little drama played out in my family room made a lasting memory and is the reason we celebrate.
Baby Jesus Is the First Step toward the Cross and Resurrection
As I reflect these many years later, I realize that the lines delivered by the tiny shepherd encapsulate the entire story of Christmas: Baby Jesus is born. And so began the march to the Cross which is the glory of Christmas in its final Hallelujah—the Resurrection.
My Prayer for You
May the joy and hope of Christmas be yours this year as you celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus with family and friends. God Bless.