More Than Adorable

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And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
— Luke 2:10-11
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
— Isaiah 53:3-5
And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
— Luke 2:34

What posture of heart and what state of mind should we have this time of year?

Though the songs we sing proclaim joy, awe, and wonder, in the hustle and bustle of buying the right gifts, sending out cards, and preparing for parties, we easily forget the beauty and horror of the Christmas story.

I don’t mean that the day slips our minds or that we have a hard time recalling the details of Jesus’ birth story. What I mean is the weight and glory of the story does not capture our hearts in the way it should. For many of us, we go about our days during the Christmas season as if the birth of Christ is just a cute story—as if the baby in the manger was just an adorable kid.

We treat Jesus like He’s simply adorable when we don’t give this season more thought than choosing which Christmas Eve service we are going to. We treat Jesus as simply adorable when we do not go beyond the manger and follow Jesus to the cross, into the grave, out of the grave, and to His throne. We treat Him as simply adorable when we refuse to take up our own crosses for His sake and give our lives in obedience to His service.

This baby was promised by God himself, foretold by prophets, proclaimed by angels, preached of by the apostles, crucified, buried, resurrected, and seated at the right hand of God. He was born as the savior of the world and giver of true life. He is indeed more than adorable. He is God coming down to save us, and each of the passages above clearly affirm this truth.

So if we are going to make Jesus more than adorable, if we are to allow our hearts to go beyond the mere details of Jesus’ birth account, we must respond to it appropriately. There should be a deep appreciation in our souls as we celebrate Jesus’ birth. The wise men and shepherds did not go to the manger to pinch Jesus’ cheeks. They went to worship and to lay eyes on God’s promised Messiah.

If we are going to allow Jesus to be more than adorable, we must tell the world around us that Jesus’ birth took place to bring about His death. His death took place to pay for our sin. His resurrection took place to secure our place in eternity. May God help us to see Jesus as more than an adorable baby. He is the king who holds the assurance of our salvation, the author and perfecter of our faith and the owner of our very next breath.