December 25, 2018
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. – John 1:1-3, 14
"Here’s Mary, here’s Joseph, here’s Baby Jesus—that’s Baby God,” my two-year-old daughter solemnly told me as she arranged the figures in her stuffed manger scene.
The thought struck me—Baby God! How amazing! The omnipotent God, the One by whom and for whom all things are, became a man. He came not as a mighty, conquering hero, but as a tiny baby, totally dependent on others for even His simplest needs. He came not with trumpet fanfare and the announcement of royalty, but to a stable, to be welcomed by lowly shepherds.
The One who breathed into man the breath of life relied upon a simple peasant girl to care for Him. He who said, “Let there be light,” was born in the darkness of night. He created the very star that would lead the Wise Men to the town of His birth. He allowed Herod to come to power, knowing that He would be carried down to Egypt to flee the king’s wrath. Jesus was God incarnate—Baby Jesus, Baby God.
How wonderful it is to think that Jesus was willing to descend to earth! He lowered Himself from the joys of Heaven to a world of sin and heartache. Why did He do it? To save us, because He loves us! He gave up all the blessings of Heaven for us.
We can be comforted in knowing that if the omnipotent God was willing to become a baby, He will also help us every day. He is big enough to create the world, but He also knows the moment we need guidance or encouragement. He is powerful enough to control the universe, but He is interested in anything that causes us pain—and He understands that pain because He has experienced it firsthand. Whatever your situation today, remember that because of Baby Jesus—Baby God—you can know that He will be with you.