15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
The fact that Christmas is about a baby makes it relatively easy to draw people into the spirit of the season. Think about it—what a great story. A poor couple, no room at the inn, giving birth while surrounded by animals, all of this is great drama. Even little children love it.
The problem is that too many people want to leave the story of that Holy Night in Bethlehem behind too soon. Like a loved one who has passed on to heaven, but will always be young in our memory, so too many people prefer to see Jesus as a perpetual baby.
Babies grow up. The stages of life progress. Growing pains. Challenges. Drama.
Jesus grew up, too. But no pains. He was never a problem to his mother. Although he did live through some drama.
The Christmas story is more than the narrative rehearsed in the Gospel. It started countless ages before there even was a place called Bethlehem. And it will live on throughout eternity.
It’s not just about Jesus. It’s about the Christ—and that takes a simple story to a whole other level.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
Do I have a high enough view of Christ?
Is there a difference between the divinity of Jesus and the deity of Christ?
How does the Christmas story related to the second coming of Christ?