Christmas time is over, and it’s time to face the new year. Emotions are stirred as we store the last of our Christmas decorations. We remember past Christmas celebrations; and amidst the activities of packing our decorations, we reflect on the true meaning of this annual celebration.
At our house, we have a large globe that contains a manger scene. It’s still on the coffee table because it has a music box that our three year old granddaughter loves to hear. Sunday morning, as I sat drinking my coffee and staring into the globe, I had this thought. If you were looking at this scene, and you didn’t know the story behind it, but someone told you that it was about God coming to earth, which of the persons in the scene would you think represented the presence of God come to earth?
In the scene are three kings, a father and mother, shepherds, and a baby. I list them in order of social significance, but as we know the last is the correct choice. The dependent new born baby is God come to earth. The most humble person in the scene is the one through whom all things were made (See John 1:1-14).
It struck me that in the manger God demonstrated for us true humility. He came in the most vulnerable way. A new born is helpless and dependent on others for everything. Jesus, God, the new born baby, is total dependent. Ultimately, the dependence is on God his Father.
In reality, we also are totally dependent on God our Father. Our lives would be so much more peaceful if we’d recognized this humble truth.