GodReflection: It’s a Boy—We Worship the Gift Baby
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned (Isaiah 9:2).
It has happened again. The clichés still fit. Another year has flown by. It seems as if a few days ago we were at the same spot. It’s that time of year when one year comes to a close and a new one arrives.
Over the last seven posts I’ve visited events from the birth of God’s Gift Baby. As I close one year and start another, I’m drawn to the prophet Isaiah’s vision of the Holy Gift Baby born human.
For to 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, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this (Isaiah 9:6-7).
I end this year impressed anew with the miracle of Jesus birth. I am gratefully his stable arrival invites both lowly and royalty to come and see.
I am challenged again to grasp the significance that God Himself was born and laid in a feed trough as the first step to make eternal life and a restored earth a reality for me.
However, the baby Jesus did not remain baby. I must live into the new year in submission to the Jesus who grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). He was always Savior but he grew into Teacher. The free gift of God’s grace made possible through the cross and resurrection is only mine if I make the baby and Teacher my Lord.
The song Silent Night affirms the truth: Son of God, love’s pure light; radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
Jesus was born Lord. The question I must consider once again as year number 2018 closes and a new one begins is this: What does it look like to recognize the grown baby as Lord?
Jesus is not for hire as MY advisor. He is not for hire as MY spiritual life coach. I can’t make him my Santa Claus. He is to be Lord of my life. He cannot guide a life I control.
The truth is I will live imperfectly in the new year just as I did in the old. But that’s what makes God’s birth as a baby good news. This Lord came to rule with Truth and Grace.
So once again, I face a new year with the same challenge and the same comfort with which I faced the year gone by.
My challenge is to treat everyone around me as the Lord of Truth has treated me. And, my comfort comes from the Lord of Grace who loves me even when I don’t get it right. That is why God was born as baby.
It is my prayer for each one of us that in 2019 our lives will resemble more the real Jesus. The one sent as, The Word [who] became flesh and made his dwelling among us. . .who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection: God Born as Baby