Advent: 20 December
One of the images that comes to mind when we speak about Christmas is the image of Jesus as a baby. It is a tender yet striking image. Jesus as a new born, fresh from the womb, wrapped in swaddling cloth laying within a trough. It is in the centre of most nativity scenes. But we must be mindful to remember that is not where the image stops. The later part of Luke 2 tells us the story of when Jesus as a boy was found in the temple to be speaking to the teachers with wisdom beyond his years;
Luke 2:46-49 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress and he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
Jesus is not just a child that was born, he knew at a young age what his purpose was and he grew up with this in mind;
Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
Christmas is beautiful to us as it signifies the entrance of our Jesus into this world on the path to our redemption and his glory. Having accomplished his goal he is now to be considered the Lord Jesus Christ. Not the baby Jesus.
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.