The main character in the movie Talladega Nights says that his favorite picture of Jesus is of the baby in the manger. I love that scene in the movie although it is way off. The fact is that many people would rather think about the baby Jesus rather than the man who came in the flesh to be beaten and nailed to a cross for our sins.
People were looking for a Messiah but not the way Jesus showed up. They looked in the mansion in the right part of town and not in the barn in some backyard small town. They looked for the King born in grand fashion, wrapped in the finest blankets, and cared for by the best nannies. Jesus was found in none of those kinds of places. He was born in obscurity. He died surrounded by pain and the ridicule meant for a criminal and not a savior.
We all love to see a baby. The oohs and aaahs are so precious as every one enjoys seeing new life come into the world. Jesus wasn’t expected, but He continues to change the world.
Isaiah 53:2 NASB
For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
Chris Tomlin in his song Born That We Might Have Life said it this way:
|a baby was born in obscurity|
No reputation, no stately bearing
No palace bed for royalty
But a star in the heavens
A sign full of wonder
Announcing the coming of the King of kings
Rejoice! O, world Your Savior has come
Through the love of a virgin's womb
Son of God, Son of Man
Born that we may have life
You were born that we may have life
A throne in a manger, the cross in a cradle
The hidden revealing this glorious plan
A child who would suffer
A child who would conquer
The sin of every woman, the sins of every man
That is the truth about our Savior. When He was born, He was placed in a feeding trough meant for animals, and when Jesus died, He was hanging on a criminal’s cross. That is the truth of our Savior. That is the Good News that comes with the celebration of Christmas and the truth of life.
A baby was born. The world was changed. It is still happening today. Tell the world around you to celebrate the truth that a baby was born for you and for me. Jesus is … all we need!