You are here: HomeViewpoint › How Big Is Baby Jesus

How big is baby Jesus?

How big is baby Jesus?

How big is baby Jesus?

4 December 2020

Photo: Mick Haupt

By James Burns

Answering the telephone at The Salvation Army two weeks before Christmas, the caller asked, “How big is baby Jesus?” “Pardon?”, I replied. Again the same question, “How big is baby Jesus?”

It turned out to be Bob, who was making a manger for the nativity play and needed to know how long the doll was that would represent Jesus so that he could make the right size crib. 

Admittedly we don’t spend much time wondering how much baby Jesus weighed, whether he was born with hair, what colour he was and if he looked much like Mary. Perhaps we get our image from Christmas cards, or simply have a picture in our minds of ‘a baby’.

While the thought of Jesus as a baby gives us a warm glow at Christmas, despite the poor conditions of the stable, we can be inclined to leave him as a baby. We would be worried if the baby in our family stayed the same size and did not develop, and would soon be consulting a doctor. But are we content to leave Jesus as a baby and only for Christmas? 

Perhaps the question we should consider is, “How big is Jesus in my life?” Not the Jesus that came as a baby, but the one who died on the cross to save us from our sins, took on the punishment that was rightly ours and who reconciled us to God. Or as the Bible puts it, “He is the one who died to cleanse us and clear our record of sin” (Hebrews 1:3 The Living Bible).   

This year, perhaps we should resolve to get to know Jesus the man, find out more about his teaching, how to live a better life that has its focus on God and “loving our neighbour as ourselves”. St Paul spoke in one of his letters about the early Christians still being baby believers, so perhaps there is a challenge here for all of us to deepen our relationship with God and Jesus.

James Burns is a Salvationist freelance writer from Dunstable corps in the UK

 

Comments

No comments yet - be the first.

Leave a Comment


- Will not be published

Email me follow-up comments

Note: Your comment requires approval before being published.

Default avatarWould you like to add a personal image? Visit gravatar.com to get your own free gravatar, a globally-recognized avatar. Once setup, your personal image will be attached every time you comment.