And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. Luke 2:12
There is no one in this world more helpless and vulnerable than a baby. Babies are unable to feed, clean or do anything for themselves. They are utterly dependent in every way upon those around them, particularly their parents.
The baby Jesus was like any other baby: completely reliant on his mother and Joseph for all his needs. When Herod ordered all boys under the age of two years to be killed in an effort to be rid of any threat to his rule, Jesus depended on Mary and Joseph to obey the angel of the Lord and flee to Egypt for refuge.
From his position of helplessness and vulnerability, Jesus grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. He was twelve years old when he was found in the temple where everyone was amazed at his understanding of the things of God.
We then read of the man Jesus who began his ministry at around the age of thirty. His words were gracious and he taught the people with authority and had compassion on them, unlike the religious leaders of the day. (Mark 1)
Now, with Jesus’ death and resurrection, he is seated at the right hand of God the Father far above all rule and authority, power and dominion (Ephesians 1). As the prophet Zechariah said:
The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name. (Zechariah 14:9)
From a helpless baby to the almighty King of kings and Lord of lords. Who would have thought?
Joy has dawned Keith Getty and Stuart Townend performed by Kristyn Getty