A Baby is a Baby?
Some say those infant pictures taken minutes after the baby is born – are mostly special to only the parents and the grandparents. Oh yes, everyone is thrilled to get a picture of the planet’s newest arrival, but how many actually take it and get it enlarged and then framed – to occupy a prominent place on their mantelpiece? Only the closest relatives – closest! Some dreadfully callous people, at the sight of a just-born-babe, deadpan: “A baby is a baby. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.”
The shepherds had no cameras to carry into the stable – nothing for a close-up. Their technology was limited. They only had the camera of their own eyes and the album of their memories in which to store the scene. But they had something that we never have when we get our first glimpse of an infant. They had advance knowledge of who the child was and why He was born.
The shepherds had the briefing from a high-ranking angel, accompanied by a blazing light show that would make our laser shows and pyrotechnics pathetically puny in comparison. This was followed by a spectacular sky-full of angels praising God. When the shepherds walked into the cave-like stable that night, they knew their eyes were going to behold – not an infant who had the potential to be great – they would be seeing an infant who was, in fact, right then and there, great! Greater than all others ever born. The greatest of the great.
So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. Luke 2:16-17
The shepherds were told in advance that the baby was the long-awaited for Saviour, Christ the Lord. What a moment when their eyes looked into the infant’s face!
When infants are born, we look into their eyes and we know they have the potential to live a life of significance. They have the potential to do great things for God. But the baby the shepherds saw that night wasn’t the beginning of a life that could potentially be great – they saw Greatness itself – or Himself.
When a person first looks, by faith, at Christ as their own Saviour – they do not enter into a blessing that could potentially be great; they enter into a relationship that is and will be eternally great because of His own eternal greatness. Other relationships have potential to be great; but the relationship with Christ is incomparably great because of who He is.
Sadly, many people just have religion and only know the details about Jesus. This Christmas – don’t settle for religion about Jesus! Go unreservedly for a personal relationship with Jesus. Embrace Greatness!
That baby in Bethlehem was God’s amazing gift to this world. His gift to us. His gift to me. He is Christ the Saviour – Christ the Lord. Can you say: “Jesus my Saviour and Christ my Lord?”
It’s one thing to say it – but is it real? Don’t settle for an emotional religious experience or a memorable prayer or that you have faith and are sincere in your spiritual practices. Nothing less than a sinner’s genuine embrace of the Saviour – total acceptance of Christ – complete surrender to Him – yes, nothing less will bring you into the family of God. Nothing less will equip you for heaven; nothing more is required and nothing else will do. Nothing less is eternal life. Embrace Greatness!
But to all who did receive Him [Jesus] who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
When you trust Him, He empowers you to live and walk in the dignity of the personal relationship you will have with the Great One. He will give you a new life. New desires. New inner strength. New future. New Destiny.
Fall on your knees today and look into His Face. Focus on Him. Trust Him. And you will change forever. You will have true peace. The shepherds could never be the same again, nor would they ever think the same again because of Greatness – Jesus Christ, the Lord.
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