Little baby on the hay,
soon there’ll be another day
when nails shall pierce Your hands and feet
as you provide our sin’s defeat.
Risen Jesus on the throne,
we lift our praise to you alone—
for You’re the gift that we receive
the moment that our hearts believe.
On Wednesdays, I have the joy of taking my granddaughter, Lucy, to and from preschool. We were well on the way home from school a few weeks ago when she began pleading with me to take her back to school so that she could tell her teacher, Miss Susan, something about the “baby manger.” Time didn’t allow us to go back to school that day, so I offered to let her make a little video with her message to send to her teacher, who is a friend of mine.
Lucy is often a girl of many words, so I imagined a somewhat lengthy statement would ensue. Her message was, surprisingly, short and sweet. Just letting Miss Susan know that “one of the Christmas days, me and James [her brother] saw baby Jesus.”
She had spent a number of weeks rehearsing for the preschool’s annual Christmas pageant, where she donned an angel costume complete with a sparkling halo. So the baby manger was extra near and dear to her heart.
I loved the simplicity of her message: seeing Jesus. My heart’s hope and longing is that she and children everywhere will look upon the baby on the hay – and with each passing year, they will grow in their knowledge of who He is and why He came. I hope they see and understand that the birth of Jesus is the fulfillment of the divine will of God, to save the world from sin. To rescue them!
As a child, I believed Jesus was born and that He died on a cross at Calvary. The crucifix was often within view, but knowledge and understanding of the resurrection of Christ and what that meant was clouded at best. The Christ who died and was raised to life was a mystery to me.
I’ll never forget the moment when I first stumbled upon Romans 8:34. A light turned on in my mind – He is alive, seated at the right hand of God, and is praying for us. For me!
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
My heart was warmed at the mere thought of it. In fact, tears came. Understanding that His love did not end, but only began with His death, changes everything. Believing brings hope and life abundant. Because He is for us, who can be against us?
May the remaining days of Christmastide and 2019 be filled with the ever-increasing awareness of His love, mercy and constant nearness.
May God’s perfect gift that lay sleeping in the “baby manger” become more alive in each of our lives than ever before throughout the year ahead!
From the Truly Loved devotional booklet, written by Roy Lessin, included as a gift inside of every Ruby Buckle card and gift bag set:
Have you experienced God’s love for you personally?
Jesus waits to fill your heart with His love. Today, you can respond to His truly amazing love by opening your heart to Him.
Speak to Him in prayer: “Jesus, I believe in You. Thank for truly loving me and dying for me. I am sorry for my sins. I turn my heart towards you and receive Your forgiveness and salvation. Welcome to my heart and my life. Fill me, this very moment, with Your presence. I thank You that there is nothing that can ever separate me from Your love. Amen.”