Among the sweet songs about baby Jesus being born in a manger, it’s sometimes hard to remember His real purpose in life—to offer us eternal life and freedom from our sin through His cruel death and His resurrection. Yes, He loved us so much that He died for us,and took joy in the doing.


More than a babe

We’re all used to hearing songs and seeing pictures of Jesus as a baby lying in a manger. We’re also used to hearing songs and seeing pictures of Jesus as the Suffering Servant who died on a cross for our sins. But there’s much more to Him than we may know.         

Both Old and New Testaments refer to Jesus as having a part in the creation of the world, and as being our Savior and Deliverer, a Banner for the people, and the Author of life. He is the King of kings, Lord of lords, and the First and Last. Jesus is Lord of the harvest,of the Sabbath, and of peace. Handel’s famous oratorio, The Messiah, taken from the book of Isaiah, tells us Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor, the Prince of Peace, and Almighty God.

In the Gospel accounts, Jesus referred to Himself as the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Gate, the Good Shepherd, the True Vine and the Resurrection and the Life. He is known as the Way, the Truth and the Life. The Bible is filled with dozens of other names which describe the different aspects of Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man.

In other words, there’s much more to Him than a babe in a manger. The book of Revelation tells us: “… in the midst of the seven lamp stands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;His feet were like fine brass … and His voice as the sound of many waters … out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.” (Rev. 1:13-16)

The implications of the revelation of John the Apostle are that Jesus was, is and will be eternally pure and righteous, and will judge everything that is impure. How different these descriptions are from the one of Jesus as a babe in a manger. I believe the world and the church have emphasized this mild aspect of Him at the expense of forgetting the other important reasons He came to earth. We need to see Jesus as more than a babe who came to us in a lowly manger.

Lord, reveal to us the true nature of Your holy being.Help us to see, with our spiritual eyes, beyond the image of the babe in a manger. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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