The Jesus in the Manger

Whenever I see a manger scene, whether it’s a foot tall or life-size, I always look at the baby Jesus. Does He look realistic enough? So many nativities give Him a peaceful look, and I imagine He did have one (when He wasn’t crying). But over time, I had forgotten the fullness of who was in that manger two thousand years ago until I started reading the book of Revelation.

I read again that Jesus is …

The Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 1:8 NKJV).

The First and the Last (Rev 1:11 NKJV).

He who lives, and was dead, and  … [is] alive forevermore (Rev 1:18 NKJV).

The first chapter of Revelation shows us who Jesus is, and gives us a description of His appearance as John saw Him. A golden band wrapped around His chest and floor-length garment. His head and hair were white, and His eyes looked like a flame. His feet were as refined brass, and His voice sounded like many waters. His countenance shone like the sun. Glorious. Majestic. Amazing. John was so awestruck that he fell at Jesus’ feet like a dead man.

This is our Jesus, the Jesus who came to earth as a baby the first Christmas night. The God of the universe, the Creator of all that is, allowed Himself to be wrapped in our skin, to have a beating heart, and to need food and water like we do. The majestic King of heaven set aside His golden band and crown to wear swaddling clothes. To walk dusty streets. To love those who wouldn’t love Him back. The baby in the manger is Lord of all.

I believe that the shepherds understood who they saw when they found Jesus the night He was born. The angels had told them. Prophecy had promised Him. Christ the Lord had come at last (Luke 2:11 NKJV). Peace arrived and goodwill toward mankind. The shepherds’ response to the angels’ declaration is the same response God wants us to have today.

Seeking Jesus. Praising God. Telling others. When we take in what Scripture tells us about Jesus, the proper response is to seek Him and worship Him. It’s to praise God and share with others who Jesus is and that He has come to seek and save the lost. No longer do we have to roam through life trying to satisfy our hearts our way or to make sense of the world in our own wisdom. We can know God, find all we need in His love and provision, and have purpose. This Christmas, let’s be “shepherds” that share about the Jesus who saves. And like John, the writer of Revelation, let’s fall before Jesus in awe and walk with Him in love.

May the Jesus who was in the manger be the Savior and Lord of your heart and the Peace and Goodwill you seek. May He be the light of your life and the light you share with others in this special season and all year long. Merry Christmas!

 

© Copyright 2016 by Katy Kauffman

Christmas, Jesus, Nativity scenes, The Jesus in the Manger, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Comments (8)

  • anon

    What a beautiful reminder of the baby in the manger being the Creator of the universe and so much more. I love the verses you shared and your challenge to our hearts to fall at the feet of Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Merry Christmas!

    Dec 13, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you, Melanie. We serve a mighty King and a kind Shepherd. Merry Christmas! I'm glad we can both write about our Creator. It's a blessing to have connected this year!
     

    Dec 13, 2016
  • anon

    What love God has for us— to leave His throne and walk in our shoes of humanity! Revelation gives a deeper perspective about our majestic God as a tiny baby named Jesus. Beautiful, Katy!
     

    Dec 13, 2016
  • anon

    Amen, Deborah! Thank you for stopping by and sharing that. I hope you have a Christmas wrapped up in God's love and comfort. 
     

    Dec 13, 2016
  • anon

    Katy, I always look at the baby Jesus too.  THank you for the reminder of the Holy omnipotent Jesus. He is magnificent. 

    Dec 13, 2016
  • anon

    He is! Thank you for your comment, Cherrilynn. Merry Christmas!
     

    Dec 13, 2016
  • anon

    It is truely amazing that the God of all the universe would leave His throne in heaven to be born in a lowly manger. It is truely the meaning of love. I, too, have been reflecting on the One who came that first Christmas morn. Blesses is He who was, and is, and is to come.
     

    Dec 13, 2016
  • anon

    Amen! That God loves us like He does is a priceless treasure, our hope and peace. Thank you for stopping by and sharing! Merry Christmas.
     

    Dec 13, 2016

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