Every time around Christmas, the questions about the significance of the season is asked. The miracle of the season starts with the pondering of the significance the God of the universe incarnating as a hapless babe. Why Baby Jesus?
The miracle of Baby Jesus is significant because 1) it demonstrated God’s humility 2) It showed God’s vulnerability 3) It’s showed God’s confidence and 4) It showed God’s relatability
The incarnation of God in the flesh is a powerful and wonderful reality. But consider some of the facets of why this is so significant.
Let’s break that down into understanding why the reality of baby Jesus is so important.
1. Baby Jesus Showed God’s Humility
Listen to one of Jesus’ famous teachings on leadership:
The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.Matthew 23:11
Jesus is highlighting an aspect of the world today in every culture and every generation–that to be great is to lord over people.
Jesus, would teach a different way of leadership. One that started from the bottom up instead of the top down.
He would define what it meant to have servant leadership.
What better way to exemplify this than to take the form of the one with the least privilege and power of all–a newborn infant.
A newborn infant is powerless, strengthless, and without prestige in our world. Consider the fact that the first time God would enter the world would not be on a carriage in a kingdom of God.
Rather, he came into the world in a manger, with no room for the inn as a helpless babe.
My heart is so moved thinking about how God introduced himself as a human to the world.
Baby Jesus demonstrated God’s humility.
2. Baby Jesus showed God’s humanness
This may seem obvious but it bears exploring.
When people think of God, think they of an all-powerful omnipotent being. But the beautiful thing about the God that Christians worship is that he is a triune God. He is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit.
As the Son of God, he is and will be forever human.
We who were made in the image of God finally can see flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone.
Instead of the distance that the deities of other religious create from themselves and their worshipers, the God of the Christians draws near to us.
He draws near by taking on the form that recognizes our human nature. For he himself is human!
As a the perfect human, he became the model by which we can live our lives.
Because Jesus is 100% God and 100% human, we can look to his life and know what it is to live a good and holy life.
Baby Jesus’ reminds us of God’s humanness.
3. Baby Jesus showed us God’s confidence
The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.”Revelation 12:3-4
One of the narrative backdrops of the gospels is not just what God is doing, but what the devil is doing.
We can see the devil in the lives of those possessed by demons and entering the heart of Judas, and finally here in Revelation, we see that behind the scenes of the gospel, he had sought to kill the son of God from the start.
He knows that the life and the purpose of Jesus were to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). Yet like an amateur chess player against the grandmaster, he was always a hundred steps behind.
At the start of the game, he saw a vulnerable baby Jesus whom he could kill at any moment. He sought to do this by the hand of Herod who would kill all the infants in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16). At the apex of the game when he had thought he had the grandmaster cornered, staring at the face of Jesus being crucified on the cross, the devil laughed.
But the laugh was premature as we would know.
As Jesus rolled back the stone from his grave alive again, he brought sons and daughters to glory, showing the victory of God!
What a grandmaster move from God who started off his plan as hapless newborn baby. He truly is the chess master who demonstrated his confidence by employing innocuous symbols.
God’s confidence and sovereignty is on full display because of Baby Jesus.
4. Baby Jesus showed God’s relability
Lastly, baby Jesus showed God’s relatability.
Continuing off of the observation of God’s humanness, baby Jesus presents for us feeble humans a reminder that God is completely relatable.
The Bible seeks to answer what we are to do with the human condition. All our brokenness, shame, anger, guilt, violence–what as humans are we supposed to do with it?
We know that sin is punishable, and punishable by death (Rom 3:23). Yet we have in the person of Jesus someone who knows what it’s like to be human.
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is in Hebrews 4 which writes:
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.Hebrews 4:15
The priest, in this instance, is Jesus.
And what it’s trying to communicate is that, because Jesus was human, he is able to relate to the human condition.
What that means is that when we pray and talk to God, we are not talking someone so lofty as to not be able to understand our problems and our circumstances.
Rather, he is one who understands the frailty of human life just as we are.
The icon of Baby Jesus reminds us that we are empowered to come to him as we are.
He is a Heavenly Father longing for reconnection with his lost children. If you are reading this and have never called upon God, now is your chance! Call upon him and pour out your weaknesses and needs before him.
How about you?
The 3 kings who would famously met baby Jesus bowed down and offered him gifts and worship to honor the savior of the world.
After knowing more about Jesus and how awesome he is and what awesome revelation we draw from the reality of him being a baby once, what are you drawn to do?
We are reminded that he came to the world to seek and to save the lost.
Are you found yet?
If you haven’t started a relationship with Jesus yet, consider doing so this season.
If you’re interested in hearing more about the the spiritual significance of Baby Jesus and Christmas, I recommend checking out Max Lucado’s book Because of Bethlehem: Love is Born, Hope is Here.
If you’re interested in growing more of your relationship with God and enjoyed this writing, please see my writings on Pursuit of God.
What did you think of these reflections on Baby Jesus? Write in the comments what impresses you most about Baby Jesus below!