The Newborn Sacrifice
I remember before I had kids, I couldn’t understand why parents had a difficult time talking about anything other than their kids when their were people who obviously didn’t have kids to relate and join into the conversation. I understand now! HA! You see a life develop and change before your very eyes. You “go through the trenches” with these little people in all hours of the day and night. You like to use any time with other parents to feel understood in your every day life!
Could you imagine what Mary was like around other moms (if she was accepted by the other moms in town after her “scandalous birth”)? Moms lamenting about their sons and daughters throwing tantrums, rebelling against them – then Mary comes along with her perfect Messiah child. Did she have to discipline? Think about how sweet a child would be without their sin – and THAT is Who Mary and Joseph got to raise.
Lately I have been feeling like I just don’t know enough – I don’t read enough news, do enough research, look at all angles of the issues. I’m tempted to feel like a stupid oaf around everyone including Jesus. But as I was reflecting on this tonight I was hit with the “babyness” of Christ. Sweet, sinless, childlike Jesus. For being God – Who knows all and sees all – He didn’t choose to skip over childhood. He even encourage the children to come to Him in the midst of His full-time ministry.
Jesus, Who took on the sin of the whole world, enjoyed the simplicity of children. Jesus, who was beaten and brutally killed for all MY wrong-doings, was a little baby that grew up into a man. I am so overwhelmed pondering all these things in my heart!! Could you imagine holding God’s sacrificial lamb as a tiny newborn? Looking at His facial features, marveling at His little nose, toes, and fingers… with no idea what His future would look like.
Admittedly, there is a lot going on in our world today. People being hurt, abused and marginalized. Changes are happening and expected to come. The unknown is looming in front of us and many are panicking – saying and doing angry, hurtful and rash things without realizing what they are doing.
Instead of running towards the chaos in fear, take a moment with me.
Remember the last newborn face you saw? Bring to mind all those cutes babies you see on your friend’s pages on Facebook. Look at your own children – think about the last sweet, tender moment you had with them one-on-one.
Now think about Jesus being a baby. The only sinless child to exist in all of creation. Think about how cute His antics must have been, His precious smile, His undemanding attitude from day one. HE grew up so YOU could have eternal life. Wow… Marvel with me at the simplicity of Jesus
Leah works with Master Plan Ministries at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Other than watching college students' lives change, she enjoys getting her mind blown by God and His Word, watching sci fi, baking cupcakes, and spending time with her hunky husband.
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