No ordinary child!
(Isaiah 9: 6-7)
That first Christmas the world waited for the prophecy of old to be fulfilled...and it was...in a feeding trough in a dank stable in Bethlehem in the form of a tiny baby. But this was no ordinary child!
This was the same one who existed before time began...this baby was the one who spoke the heavens and the earth into being in a Genesis....this child was the one who opened the Red Sea and led his people into the land of promise. This little bundle held to tightly in a mother’s arms was the lawgiver of the holy mountain where the tablets of stone gave the principles for life.
This little boy was the same one who kept Daniel safe in the lions den, and delivered the Hebrew boys from the fiery furnace. Those little childish fingers were the same hands that touched the eyes of the blind, healed the leper and the little baby’s cry was the same voice that raised the dead and commanded demons to flee.
This helpless baby was to change the money changers from the temple, rebuked the storms of the sea and his words and deeds tore the gates of hell from their hinges. This baby was to be the deliver of the world who bore the sins of all mankind on a wooden tree.
Yes...that first Christmas Jesus came as a baby, a servant, a sacrifice.... but Christmas also reminds me that the next appearance of Jesus will be as King, as Lord, as Conqueror to rule and reign forever.
“God lifted him high and honoured him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth – even those long ago dead and buried – will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honour of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9 MSG)
This is the hope that we celebrate...we have a Savior, a Lord and a soon coming King.
His name is Jesus, the same Jesus who laid in a manger.
No ordinary child!