|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating Christmas”
Our Bible verse for today: “Eliud fathered Eleaszar, Eleazar fathered Jacob, and Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus who is called the Christ.” Matthew 1:15-16 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Jesus was a real human baby.”
As we prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of Jesus it’s important to remember that He was a real human baby. Matthew emphasizes this point by beginning his Gospel with the human genealogy of Jesus. He lists forty generations on Joseph’s side of the family, going all the way back to Abraham. In Luke 3:23-38 Luke gives us a more complete genealogy, listing seventy-seven generations, all the way to Adam, and then back to God Himself. Luke’s list includes the ancestors of Mary (many of whom she had in common with Joseph).
The point of both lists is to emphasize the humanity of Christ. Jesus was a real human baby. He was fully God, but He was God in a human body – a real human body. Paul explained in Philippians 2:6-7 that when Jesus left heaven to come to earth He voluntarily emptied Himself of His heavenly glory. He set aside His power and His glory and became on of His own creations.
As an infant He was completely helpless. He had to be carried and bathed and fed. His diaper needed to be changed. He burped, He peed, and He cried. He was as much of a helpless infant in the cradle as you were at that age. If his mother had not cared for Him He would have died. The God of creation made Himself totally helpless and He depended on the love and care of those around Him for His very survival.
That full humanity of Jesus was evident His entire thirty-three years of life on earth. Although there would be times during His three and one half years of active ministry when the Father would empower Him with supernatural abilities for the purpose of specific acts of ministry, for the rest of His time on earth His experience of life was the same as your and mine. It had to be in order for Him to one day be the perfect sacrifice for your sins and mine.
At Christmastime, when we consider the baby in the manger, we need to remember that He was a real baby in every respect. Consider for a moment how much Jesus must love us to have done that for us. Now spend some time thanking Him for doing it.