Immanuel Lutheran Church
What Child is This?
What child is this? Its a question that comes to us each Christmas in song. Its a question that seeks an answer from each one of us as God comes to us individually, seeking a place in our hearts and in our lives.
What child is this? It is a question that came first to Mary as the angel Gabriel invited her to become the mother of Gods son. Once Mary agreed to this invitation her life was never the same again. Her role as Jesus mother first took her on a journey to Bethlehem, where she gave birth in a barn. Shortly thereafter it brought her and her new family as refugees to Egypt, to escape Herods murderous plot.
What child is this? It is a question that Joseph surely asked. What a shock it must have been to find his beloved Mary with child, knowing that he was not the father! Yet Joseph faithfully took on the role of father to Jesus, loving him, providing for him, keeping him safe.
What child is this? For the innkeeper the presence of this pregnant couple knocking on his door must have been a big inconvenience. His inn was full. But how could he turn this couple away? He found room in the busyness of his life to let Jesus in.
What child is this? For the shepherds it was a matter of curiosity. You dont get an angelic chorus every day! Whats all the fuss about? They had to go see for themselves and find out about this baby.
What child is this? The 3 kings came to the manger by way of the star. For these scholars, it took a leap of faith to embark on such a journey. People must have thought they were crazy, following a star without a clear destination. Yet over time they have come to be known as "wise."
What child is this? When the wise men encoun-tered Herod, they realized that not everyone was as happy to find this king as they were. For some, Jesus is too unsettling, too big a threat.
What child is this? How do you answer that question?
Babies have a way of changing things. Once a baby enters your life, things are never the same again. Perhaps that is why God chose to come to earth as a baby hungry, vulnerable, demanding the love and care of those around him. The reality of this baby prompted those around him to have to respond.
What child is this? This child is Gods love for us, made tangible. That child is our Savior. That child is our hope today and for all eternity. This child is the Son of God. This child is Immanuel, God with us.
No matter where you find yourself in this story, this baby claims you. God claims you. God became flesh as an infant in a stable. God become one of us, to show us how to live as his people and to tell us how much he loves us, to tell you how much he loves you.
What child is this? As you prepare to celebrate Jesus birth, may you know Gods love for you a love that fills the whole universe yet comes wrapped in the tiny baby-size present delivered to you on Christmas Eve.
I wish you and your family a blessed advent season that opens your heart and soul to Je-sus place in your life, a very merry Christmas filled with joy, and a new year overflowing with Gods richest blessings.
In Christs service,
The Christmas Prayer
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus sake. Amen.
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In Christs service,