December 22, 2010

“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David” (Luke 2:4 ESV).

What a powerful, prophetically packed verse! Luke, in this short travel itinerary, references no less than five prophesies—Galilee (Isaiah 9:1), Nazareth (Matthew 2:23), Judea (Genesis 49:10), city of David (2 Samuel 7:11), Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). These represent thousands of years of promises and waiting. And where do these and scores of others come together?

Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting light.
The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight.
(O Little Town of Bethlehem v 1, LSB 361)

The salvation prophecies of the ages meet in a little town, in a dusty manger—in a baby. They do not point to a savior who comes riding a white horse, wearing a golden crown, and brandishing an enemy-destroying sword.

They point to a baby.

They point to our God who invaded our world in a womb as a baby.

They point to our God lying in a manger as a baby.

They point to a baby who would ride donkeys and wear a crown of thorns.

They point to a baby who would destroy The Enemy through His sacrificial death on a cross.

Christmas! It’s all about a baby, The Baby. We find all the salvation prophecies and promises wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. God did a lot through a baby!

As you smile at little children gathered around baby Jesus and singing Away in a Manger in Sunday school programs, be joyfully humbled at what God did for you through a baby. Then, also be reminded of what God continues to do through babies. For each one is created and gifted by Him for a purpose.

The Life Team here at the Life Center thank you for helping Lutherans For Life remind others what God did through The Baby and what He continues to do through babies.

May all your hopes and fears meet in a little town, in a dusty manger—in a baby.