The Christmas Gift is a repost of Away In A Manger that I wrote last year. I hope you like it.
I love Christmas. Love it!! It truly is my favorite time of the year. I love the decorations, the fellowship, the food, the running around the mall at the last-minute trying to find something since I waited too stinkin’ long! You know.
And like many people, the day after Thanksgiving is when the Christmas music playlist on my iTunes is fired up. Yep, from that point on, it’s on like Donkey Kong! No really, I play Donkey Kong the whole time, too.
In the playlist are all the favorites: Mariah, Nat King Cole, and the incredibly outrageous Straight No Chaser. It is music that makes me happy. But there’s one song that has always caught my attention subconsciously. (Can that even happen?) It’s the song “Away in a Manger.” More specifically, the line: “The cattle are lowing, the poor Baby wakes, but little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes …”
I guess it hits me funny because … why wouldn’t He cry? He was a baby. I mean, was Jesus a cryless baby? Was there something about His Deity that He kinda just lay there with a smile on His face the whole time? I just don’t think so.
A couple of weeks ago, my favorite orator on the planet, Stan Mitchell, did our devotional here at the office. He talked about how God robed Himself in flesh so that, as the writer of Hebrews wrote, He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest. Now, I don’t have enough characters to explain all of that in this one post. But let me say that I believe, as Stan does, that it was so He could experience life as we do.
So that He could “mediate” between us and Himself on the throne. He humbled Himself, He gave up the right of His Deity, and became a baby. One that wasn’t able to take care of Himself. One that messed on Himself. One that needed to be fed, and burped, and held, and sang to, and taught.
One that would experience ALL … ALL that we experience so that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest. And He became sin and stretched out His arms on a cross, and took from me the only thing I have ever deserved—crucifixion. When He took from me the only thing I ever deserved, He gave me the only thing I could never earn—life.
Life everlasting! Life, that if I admit that I’m a sinner, believe that He died for my sins, and call on Him to be my Savior, would eventually … eventually be a life in Heaven without the screw-ups. Life without the pain. Life full of Love! So as I listen to this song, I can’t help but think that the writer might have been thinking something I don’t understand.
When I see the depictions of Christ on the cross with the crown of thorns and He has a pitiful look on His face with a couple of streams of blood, I think the painter must not understand that my God took a beating so bad that His own mother wouldn’t recognize Him. All because He loves me so much that He would remove Himself from His throne to say to me, “I got this, love of Mine!”
21 thoughts on “The Christmas Gift”
This is a powerful thought. Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas brother!!
This is a powerful thought. Merry Christmas!
Thanks for sharing the message of cross and reminding me about the gift of everlasting life.
“Your are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14)
As we celebrate Christ’s birth, let us embrace His light – in our relationships, in our work, in our leisure time. So let our lights shine!
Wishing you and your loved ones joy, peace and contentment this Christmas and for the year ahead.
Thank you Uma!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Chris, I’ll never hear that song the same way again. I use to hear it as the song I hated to sing as a snot nosed kid back in Sunday school. Back when there were hand motion and finger shaking stars.
I needed that, thanks! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Thanks John!! Merry Christmas to you guys as well!!
Just beautiful, merry christmas to you and yours too, it’s a beautiful time to be reminded of the real reason for christmas.
Merry Christmas Jane!!!
Awesome thoughts as we approach the birth of our savior!
Thanks for that reminder! Seems like such a ridiculous concept…God in a stable!…WE would never do it THAT way! It is good to be reminded of how much He loves us!
Merry merry Christmas to you and your family!
…see…I DO read your blog! :o)
Hahaha…YAY!!!!! Merry Christmas to you guys!!
I love the Mannheim Steamroller version of that song. Thank you for your daily gifts of posting the truth about business, life and God. Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas Jana!!
Nice! This actually made me cry. Well said.
I needed that , I am having a hard time feeling Christmas like, Jesus is my lord and I will follow him any where, business has been very good for awhile but my marriage has been very tough, waiting for my wife to make some choices of her own regarding salvation , and repair work in her heart, we have been in Counciling for over two years now , things were not looking so good but recently she seems to have made a break through , I pray that she has , I have been told I have been very patient to the point of crazy , but I believe she can get better!
Brother, with God she absolutely can!!! I’ll be praying for you guys!!!
A beautiful post, Chris. We don’t think about the fact that Jesus was probably NOT a cryless baby. He was fully human at the same time as fully God. And He came to earth – humbled Himself – for OUR salvation. It is mind-boggling to say the least.
thanks for that reminder! Seems like such a ridiculous idea…God in a stable!…WE would never do it THAT way! it’s good to be reminded of how much he loves us! Merry merry winter to you and your family