Thursday, December 13, 2007

"And He shall be called......"

I love Christmas. The celebration of our Lord's birth. The decorations, the special twinkle in the eyes of my boys and, well, everything. One of the great joys is spending some time several nights a week venturing out to see the beautiful Christmas lights. We love to snake our way through neighborhoods in the area as we ooh and ahh over the twinkling lights. The boys talk almost nonstop as they share what they are seeing and make sure that everyone else is also looking in that direction. As you can imagine, it gets pretty loud in our car. Three boys 8, 6 and 4 in kind of a verbal race to the finish. Each talking louder and faster as they try to draw attention to their favorite lights of the moment.

So it was tonite. After eating dinner out we ventured into some nearby neighborhoods and had been roaming up and down the streets when all of the sudden the boys began to tell us they were ready to go home. I would have questioned whether my hearing were going at this point or even if something were wrong but they all insisted they were tired, even the youngest.

We were turning our car down the final street when my youngest blurted out, "Hey look, there's baby God." Of course he was referring to a nativity scene someone had put in their yard. But after a brief chuckle I began to mull over his statement.

It occurred to me that despite his preschool age, he had uttered what struck me as more profound than much of my own teaching about the subject of Christ's birth to him. In that brief sentence, he had rightfully labeled the God of the Universe incarnate. It seems, sometimes, that the term "baby Jesus" gets used frequently and almost a little loosely. Perhaps not by you or me but in labeling God's son and God himself, "baby Jesus" it seems to slightly diminish who He was/is and what His mission was. He was indeed a baby and Jesus but He was so much more and for people who don't understand that, it may not communicate to true meaning of CHRISTmas. As my small son spoke, it occurred to me that as Mary and Joseph looked down on their newborn, they were indeed looking at God. He was before time began. He and the Father are one. And yet, here He was coming to this earth, in the flesh, to walk among us and talk and teach us and to demonstrate the unfailing love of God.

May the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus be with you as you celebrate His birth. And may you experience the joy and wonder of that beautiful night nearly 2000 years ago as the God of the Universe descended to us.

"For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be
on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Might God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6