And she gave birth to her first son. Because there were no rooms left in the inn, she wrapped the baby with pieces of cloth and laid him in a box where animals are fed. Luke 2:7
“Dear tiny infant Jesus… Look, I like the Christmas Jesus best… Dear tiny Jesus, in your golden, fleece diapers with your tiny, little fat balled up fists… Look, I like the baby version the best, you hear me! …Dear eight pound, six ounce, newborn baby Jesus, don’t even know a word yet, just a little infant, so cuddly, but still omnipotent. Thank you, for all your power and your grace, Dear baby God, Amen.” Ricky Bobby – Talladega Nights
In the movie Talladega Nights, Ricky Bobby and his family have gathered at the dinner table to give thanks for their meal. As Ricky begins to pray to baby Jesus, his father reminds him that Jesus isn’t a baby anymore, to which Ricky declares, “I like the baby version the best.”
There is something majestic about the birth of Jesus – Omnipotent, Omnipresent; God of Creation coming in human form as a little baby. He chooses the most humble of settings but is yet worshiped by kings and shepherds alike. But the story doesn’t end here. It is only the beginning.
This is the beautiful thing about Christmas, while we celebrate the joy of Jesus birth, it points us to His life, His death, His resurrection and His return.
What version of Jesus do you like? Do you only think of Him as that cute baby born in a dirty stable? Is He more of a fairy tale to you? Or do you see Him high and lifted up, sitting at the right hand of the Father, majestic, all-powerful King, ruler of the nations, the Prince of Peace who is coming again?
The version you choose will determine many things about your life.
Take a moment to meditate on Jesus. Don’t let your thoughts end with Christmas Jesus but let your thought ascend to all that Jesus is. He is the way, the truth and the life. He is your soon and coming King!
Suggested Longer Reading: Luke 2:1-7
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