Sometimes, in all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, we leave Christ in the manger. We forget that after 8 days, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple. They dedicated him to the Lord- and that is where Simeon and Anna found him. Both promised to see the Messiah.
We forget about that they were visited by the Wise Men, and that gifts were brought. We lump that moment into the manger scene.
We forget that Harod wanted to kill that young child. That Joseph had to protect his small family.
But through all this, we find Luke 2:40
And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.
Christ should not be left in the manger. That’s the way the world likes to leave him. In a manager. Because in that manager, he is a baby. He hasn’t died for them yet- and he hasn’t proclaimed the truth – that He is Lord over all.
But, Jesus grew. Just like all young children do. As I flash back to past Christmas’ I see how my children have grown. My neice, in just one year, changed so much. Christ was the same way.
He grew strong and filled with wisdom. As I watch my children sitting on the floor, playing with their new things, I am asking myself if they are growing strong and full of wisdom? Or are they growing in the ways of the world? Is the favor of God upon them?
Have you even accpeted him as Savior? That is how His favor can fall upon you?
And in order for that to happen- you must let the Christmas Child grow. He can’t stay in the manger.
But the spirit of Christmas- that miracle – can live on in your hearts- for all eternity.
If there hasn’t been a time where you have accepted what Christ did for you – coming to this earth as a perfect baby, living a perfect sinless life, and then giving the ultimate gift- His death and Resurrection on the cross- if you have not surrendered and made Him the LORD of your life – that is the ultimate Christmas gift – and it is what you can give Jesus for His birthday.
If there hasn’t been a time when you have done that, my prayer is that you will.
If you have questions…. I am always happy to talk to you.
May the joy and gift of Christ live pass Christmas in your heart.
Worshiping With My Life, Mandy