This message by Connie Giordano (Walking in Truth Ministry) couldn’t have arrived in my mailbox at a better time. Within the comments under the post below (“…being a Christian, I know, while Jesus promoted charity at the highest level, he was not self-destructive”) Cathy questioned the term, the baby Jesus, as applied by Bill O’Reilly in one of his recent columns.
Is this how we should see Jesus today…as a ‘babe (still) in a manger’?
Connie’s message asks the question,
Do You See A Child Or A King?
“He Who is the Bread of Life began His ministry hungering. He Who is the Water of Life ended his ministry thirsty. Christ hungered as man, yet fed the multitudes as God. He was weary, yet He is our rest. He prayed, yet He hears prayers. He was sold for 30 pieces of silver, yet He redeems sinners. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, yet He is the Good Shepherd. He died, and by dying destroyed death.” – UNKNOWN
The greatly beloved Christmas Carol – entitled “What Child Is This?” – offers us some wonderful insight about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It begins with the question of the title – “What Child is this, Who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping…..” It then goes on to admonish every one of us alike – “So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh–come rich and poor, to own Him…”
Why should we bring this Child “incense, gold, and myrrh”? Why should “rich and poor” “come” “to own Him”?
“What Child Is This” after all?
The answer is found in the next line – “…the King of kings salvation brings–let loving hearts enthrone Him.”
The entire world at this time is asking the question – “What Child Is This?” And the response of the redeemed – those who have received His Great Gift of Salvation and enthroned Him as King of kings in their “loving hearts” – is – “This, this is Christ the King…”
For those whose hearts have not been changed by being “Born Again,” their vision of God is still limited to a Baby in a Manger. But, for those of us whose eyes have been opened, we see Him not as a Babe, but – as He actually is – the King of all kings Who brings salvation to all mankind.
“What Child is This?” What makes Him so different from any other Child?
It is the Churches’ duty and obligation to be “instant in season and out” by responding with – “This, this is Christ the King…” And because He is “Christ the King” – the One Who “salvation brings” – hearts of one and all are obligated to “enthrone Him.”
Many do not want to see Him as being more than a “Baby in a Manger.” They are intimidated by the concept of Him being the “King of kings” for they know that they then have to respond to Him and “own Him.” They “buck” at that idea for they are not ready and willing to lay down their sinful lifestyles in order to do so. Consequently, they keep Him as an obscure Babe in a Manger in their mentality.
A Babe doesn’t require much, but a King does…especially One Who happens to be the King of Kings.