Posted by: Jo | December 23, 2016

What Child Is This?

“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

(Luke 2:12)

whatisthischild01We have welcomed a new baby granddaughter into our family this year, and as I gaze at her sweet little face I am yet again, overcome with the wonder of new life. It is amazing how the sight of a little baby softens people’s faces and I enjoy being the one to be pushing the stroller as the wee one acts like a magnet and passers by stop what ever they are doing to catch a glimpse of this miracle of new birth.

As the shopping centers are once again flooded with the sounds of the old familiar carols, my mind is carried back to another small, vulnerable baby whose birth was to rock the earth. The beautiful carol, “What child is this?” poses a question for all mankind.  All of us wonder in awe with those first shepherds and reflect on those amazing words from the mouth of the angel of the Lord;

“Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2: 11)

The Creator of the universe allows his Son to become a human baby!

This astounding fact was the subject of our sermon this last Sunday, and made us all think again what this could mean and our pastor gave us an incredible quote to begin understanding this miracle.

God’s yes to humanity

When we go back to Genesis we read how God created the world and as we read the image.pngprogression from light, land, vegetation, day and night, sea creatures, land creatures (Genesis 1:1- 25) we see that his comment after each was;

“…And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1: 25) 

But the final creation is startlingly different as God decides to make creatures made in his own image and as he reflects on the final addition to the earth his comment expands;

“God saw all that he had made and it was VERY good.” (Genesis 1: 31)

A beautiful affirmation for us all, in his eyes we are all worthwhile and certainly worthwhile to send his Son in the form of a baby to become one of us.

The lyrics of the carol, “What child is this?” answer the question for us, the first verse includes this statement, Christ the King. The second verse, The Word made Flesh. The third verse, The King of kings. This is certainly no ordinary baby.

whatisthischild02So, as we listen to those beautiful carols and look into all the Nativity scenes we see in homes, churches and public places, we can say with conviction.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1: 14)

 

 

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  1. Finally, here I be, Jo. Back on track after a momentous celebration and adjustment of having my dear old (to be 99) Dad come to live with us.

    It is so wonderful to catch up with all your thoughts and wisdom at this incredibly wonderful time of the year. We are just so blessed to be able call Jesus Christ, our Saviour. He saw me through today so very beautifully, and this was when I prayed I could make it. How could I doubt?

    And here’s wishing all of your family all the best for 2017, already!

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  2. Thank you Jo and may you and your family enjoy the wonderful blessings from this little saviour.

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  3. Thank you Jo for reminding us of what we are really celebrating – the birth of a baby, a new beginning. May He be born again in each of us tonight and give us the joy you find in your lovely little granddaughter. Happy Christmas to you, your family and all who share the lift in our faith you give us each week.

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