For to us a child is born, to us a son is given… (Isaiah 9:6)
Babies are amazing. Tiny noses and toeses and fingernails. They even smell good.
The feeling of joy, of life, that you get from holding a newborn—it’s…wow. It doesn’t even have to be your baby. It can be a nephew, or a cousin, or the child of a friend. Hey, it could be a random kid from the mall that you grabbed just for the experience.
Not that you would ever do that because that would be very very wrong and earn you psychiatric evaluations and the serious threat of incarceration.
My point is this: Hope arrives with every baby.
How great is it that God chose to bring Christ to us in this way. Think about it—the Messiah could have appeared fully grown, striding out of the desert on a Monday morning. He could have simply walked into the temple and started preaching. Instead, we get to see him as a baby—yes, so that his genealogy could be verified and so that prophecy would be fulfilled—but also so that we could see the Lord of the Universe willing to humble himself by birth, as he would one day humble himself by death.
Your God loves you so much that he sent a baby—the epitome of life—to call you to eternal life.
Heed the call.
Merry Christmas, Beloved.