Featured in the December, 2003 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
There is a universal fascination with Christmas. The focus is upon that little baby nestled in a Bethlehem manger.
The scene has been painted and dramatized. It has been celebrated by poems and pageants. We sing about “One Small Child” and “Infant holy, Infant lowly for His bed a cattle stall”. In malls and cathedrals we hear “Round yon virgin virgin mother and Child. Holy Infant so tender and mild” and Christmas would not be complete without singing “The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay”.
All of this is more comfortable than the Christ who conquers kingdoms and wants to rule your life.
We prefer the Baby Jesus who is dependent upon us and not we upon Him. We like the idea of a Jesus safely confined in a manger so that we can just leave Him there and then go about our lives doing as we please.
But best of all, this “Baby Doll Jesus” is one hundred percent under our control. He can’t speak so He has to listen when we talk. He can only be where we put Him. He needs our care so that boosts our egos. He is completely helpless as we completely control Him.
No wonder everybody loves Christmas and the non-threatening infant in the manger.
But, the manger is empty and so is the cross and also the tomb!
This is scary for all those who want to keep the Lord Jesus Christ Lord Jesus Christ at a safe distance so He does not interfere with their lives, but He is no longer cradled in a manger, nailed to a cross, or sealed in a sepulcher. He is “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16). He is the one to whom the Father “has entrusted all judgment” (John 5:22).
Christmas is past and so is Calvary. Christ’s first coming is history and now we face the startling reality of His second coming. In His first coming, He came to die for our sins, but in His second coming, He will judge us for our sins if we have not repented and received Him as Savior.
His first coming was sweet, but the second will be spectacular. His first obscure and lowly, but the second will be public and glorious. Perhaps it’s time to lay aside thinking about the Baby Doll Jesus and to think about the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Judge of all the earth.
For more detailed information about Jesus, access our website ashburnbaptist.com under the title of “Who Is Jesus Christ”.