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To think this baby boy, who coos and sleeps and makes funny faces, is upholding the world.

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Read Luke 1:26-33

Imagine Mary visited by the angel Gabriel, standing in the presence of God. For her to be ‘greatly troubled’ certainly seems like an understatement. Then, to learn the angel is sent by God to her, to tell her she would give birth to the Son of God. She must have been one brave girl to find out that she was to be the mother of the Messiah, the salvation of Israel!

As the child begins to grow within her, she goes through all the normal things mothers do. She carries the child feeling him move, kicking and punching. And as mothers do, she wonders about the child she carries. But, the Son of God, Creator of the universe, who sustains all things lives within her. How could she wrap her mind around this? After she gives birth to Jesus, she wraps the little boy in rags and holds him in her arms. Looking into the eyes of baby Jesus, reality begins to dawn. She, the created, holds the Creator.

This tiny infant staring up at his mother is the Son of God. In John 1:1-5, we read an amazing description of who Jesus is. It speaks of Jesus being eternal. He’s always been, and he’s always been God. As a person of the trinity, he’s been with God, creating and breathing life because he is life (John 14:6). He shines into the darkness, and the darkness can’t overcome him because he’s the light of the world (John 1:5). He brings the Kingdom of God to Earth because he is Messiah. To think this baby boy, who coos and sleeps and makes funny faces, is upholding the world. As we reflect on baby Jesus during the Christmas season, our confidence is in him, sustainer of all creation, brought to us from heaven, in complete humility. While powerfully upholding the world, he allows his creation to gently hold him.

Imagine what it would have been like to hold baby Jesus in your arms. Take a few minutes to sit and consider Jesus as a new born baby boy. Note the impressions you have from your time of contemplation.

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By Rich Obrecht

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