Behold the Babe! Rejoice! by Patti Lacy
Put down the gift wrap. The mug of hot chocolate.
Turn off the caroling CD. Mute the Christmas special.
Retreat to a lonely place. A closet. Your study. Bow your head and behold…
The tiny babe, lying in a manger, who brought salvation through grace by faith.
Tiny hands. Tiny feet. As helpless as every newborn since the beginning of time.
Yet supernaturally, unutterably different.
The babe you behold is Christ the Lord. Part of the Triune God.
“The Eternal Being, who knows everything and who created the whole universe, became…a baby, and before that, a fetus inside a woman’s body.
If you want to get the hang of it, think how you would like to become a slug or a crab” (Mere Christianity, Lewis, 179).
For you, for me, Jesus Christ allowed His glorious attributes to be imprisoned in human flesh.
Allowed men to scourge Him. Slander Him. Hang Him from a cross.
In your lonely place, behold that babe! Touch His downy cheek. Hear his mewling cries.
And treasure in your heart the knowledge
That for you, He was born to die.
May the inconceivable joy of the Newborn King set your soul ablaze as never before.