Let’s Not Leave Christ in a Manger
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” – Luke 2:52
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A lot of people celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus. I, however, do not attach any religious significance to the holiday. We don’t know what day Jesus was born, let alone the year. And the Scripture doesn’t give us any command or example to celebrate Jesus’ birth on December 25th or any other day. We should celebrate His birth, His life, His death, His burial, and His resurrection every day.
Many attend worship services and place a lot of emphasis on Baby Jesus during this time of year. And it’s great that so many people are thinking about the Lord. But, let’s not leave Christ in the manger (Luke 2:16). Let’s not just think about Him during Christmas time. And let’s not just celebrate Him as a Baby.
As a Baby in a manger, He doesn’t command us to do anything. The Bible says that Jesus grew “in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Lk. 2:52). He didn’t stay a Baby.
Sweet Baby Jesus grew up and commanded that all believe in Him in order to be saved (Jn. 8:24). He commands that “unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Lk. 13:3). Jesus commands that the one who confesses Him before men, He will confess before His Father (Mt. 10:32). He also commands that the one who believes and is baptized will be saved (Mk. 16:16).
Jesus didn’t stay in the manger. He lived and He taught what we must do to live right before God. And He died on the cross of Calvary for your sins and mine. The good news is that He didn’t stay dead. He rose to newness of life, so that we, too, might do the same (1 Cor. 15:4; Rom. 6:4).
Christ is more than a Baby in a manger. He is the risen Savior. Just because the season where many people celebrate His birth is over, it doesn’t mean that we don’t think about Him anymore or in any other way than being a Baby.
Let’s not leave Christ in that manger. Let Him into your hearts today by sincere obedience to His commands.
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