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, What hapenned to the baby of Christmas?




One of the things I always wonder about when I look at the little ones in our midst is where is their life going to take them, what is going to become of them. The reality is simply this – every great person who ever lived at one stage was a baby, accept for Adam and Eve by the way. They are the only two people who ever lived who never had belly buttons.

We are not told much about people’s babyhood or childhood in the Bible. We know they were all born though. We know about Moses in the basket in the river. We know about Samuel and a few others. One birth that stands out for me is the birth of John the Baptist. His birth was foretold. You can read all about that in Luke 1. Of significance though is the day that John was brought to be circumcised and the naming of him as John which was contrary to tradition where a son will carry the name of his father. Zechariah was mute since the revelation of the coming of John till this day and people were talking about the events surrounding John, and the following statements is of great interest. We see it in Luke 1:66 (ESV) 66 and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.”

What remarkable words when you consider the life of the man: ‘what then will this child be’? We know much about John, how he lived, how he ministered and how he died. You can visit our website for the series on John the Baptist entitled: “Greater than Giants”.

But there was another child born soon after that, his birth was also foretold in Luke 1. His name was Jesus. Now if there was somebody of whom we should ask, ‘what will this child be?’ it is Jesus.

So much focus is place on Christ as a baby over Christmas. We sing about Him and His birth. Yet He did not remain a baby. He lived, He died, He was buried, He rose, He ascended on high and He reigns forever. Who would have thought that?

Today, I want to walk away from the manger, the star in the bright sky, the shepherds, the Magi, Bethlehem and Nazareth, and the little boy in the temple. I want to ask, whatever happened to the baby? You see, He was unlike any other, even unlike His patriarchal father David.

Acts 2:29-35 (ESV) 29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, 35 until I make your enemies your footstool.’”

David died, just like John the Baptist died, and just like you and I will die. Many of us will be remembered for great things, but we are all unlike Christ. Peter says here in Acts 2 that God raised up Jesus and that God exalted Him.

So what happened to the baby?

For the rest of the sermon I want to show you what happened to the Baby. Acts 2 says He was made to sit at God’s right hand.

So, let’s jump to the book of Revelation and see what happened to Him.

Revelation 1:9-18 (ESV) 9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” 12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades."

There is your baby.

Sadly, many today still see Him as a baby and nothing more than a baby. They celebrate Christmas, but they cannot celebrate Christ because what they know about Him is limited. They cannot desire to be like Jesus as Jesus remains the baby in the cradle, so there Christmas joy is limited to the trimmings on the tree, the gifts under the tree and their experience of a public holiday.

The image in Revelation of Christ that John saw is a much greater image than the baby in the manger. By the way, Jesus did cry, as He was fully God and fully man.

Let’s behold Christ for a few moments this morning, and realize this that we desire to be transformed from one degree of glory to another—to become more and more like Jesus.

Let’s gaze upon the baby this morning, but not in the manger but in His present state.

And as we do so, remember the words of John in 1 John 3:2 (ESV) 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” Seeing Jesus as He is, is more important than seeing Him as He was. To the degree that we can see him now, we are changed into his image. When he comes to be seen in his full glory, our transforming will be completed. And it all happens because of seeing him—gazing steadily at Him.

Now, you all know that pastors have the knack of making short stories long. I want to try this morning to make a long story short. John had to write down that what He saw. There is no way that I can do justice to the text. So simply hear my heart even in this limited way.

Now what did John see about Jesus?

1. Jesus stands in the midst of His churches.

“13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man,”

Church family, from this text I present to you today the one who is no longer a baby, but who is alive for ever more and He is standing in the midst of His churches. He is among us, He is beholding us. He is not looking down on us somewhere from above, He is with us as it is Christ in us ‘the hope of glory’. He is in the middle of His lampstands. Logos Community is one of those lampstands, holding for the light of Christ into a lost world.

2. One like a Son of Man.

“13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man,”

"Son of Man" was Jesus' favourite title for himself when he was on the earth. Yes it does refer to His humanity and humility, but according to Daniel 7:12-14 the term ‘son of man’ refers to the Great Ruler. Listen to Daniel and behold your Christ. Daniel 7:12-14 (ESV) 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. 13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14 And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”

Behold, the baby in the manger has everlasting dominion, unlike earthly rulers who will die and rule no more, just like David died and ruled no more.

3. Clothed with a Robe and with a golden sash around His chest.

13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.”

In the Old Testament the term robe always referred to the robe of the high priest. And the gold sash across his chest shows two things: the fact that it is high—not around the waist but around the chest—and the fact that it is gold, show that the priesthood that he holds is very great. Jesus is not only the son of man from Daniel 7 who receives everlasting dominion over all nations; he is also the final high priest who brings all the priestly work of the temple to an end. There is no more need for animal sacrifices with all their priestly labours, we have a High Priest that entered into the Holy of Holies once and for all, and intercedes for us before the Father.

4. His Head and Hair Were White Like Wool and Snow

“14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow.”

This is the most glorious picture of the divinity of Jesus. In exactly the same chapter of Daniel where we read that He is like the Son of Man we read the following of God the Father. Daniel 7:9 (ESV) 9 “As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire.” We are not amazed then to read in Isaiah that Jesus will be called ‘almighty God, everlasting Father and prince of peace. Christ is not the Father, but Christ and the Father and the Holy Spirit are God, but Christ is not unlike His Father. Eternal wisdom and power belongs to Him.

5. Eyes "Like a Flame of Fire"

Verse 14 says: “His eyes were like a flame of fire. “

One thing I admire in people is their eyes, especially bright blue, radiant eyes.   The eyes of Christ are not the clouded eye of fading glory. They are eyes of sharpest clarity. They miss nothing that happens in the universe. And they are exploding with energy. Do you realise this morning that His eyes are upon you? Today, Christ looks upon the Christmas celebrations in the world and He knows where He is simply a baby in a manger, and He knows where He is upheld as the King of glory.

Now, I would love to go on, and I am sure you would love me to, but I want to respect that fact that I said we will end at 10:00.

So let me just say this.

There is so much more that John saw about Jesus. I do not believe that John was ever concerned about the baby in the manger. Who would be after a vision like this? No, he sees what we already saw, and he sees feet of bronze, a voice like rushing waters, and a double edged sword from His mouth, and a face shining like the sun in its fullest strength.

Can I simply invite you this morning? While you celebrate the baby, try and look beyond and praise Christ for what He became. See Him in His everlasting dominion, see Him in His glory, see Him in His eternal wisdom and crown Him as Lord of all. We do not have time for it now, but if you continue to study the seven churches in Revelation you will see John applying one of these aspects of Christ to each and every church, which simply means this, that Christ is relevant to all churches of all ages, and He is relevant to us today. At times He might come to you as the Alpha and the Omega, at other times His eyes will penetrate your life, at other times He will come with the keys that opens or shuts, and yet at other times He will come with the sword, but at all times He is more than the babe in the manger, He is the King of glory – Hallelujah.


Logos Community Church: - 25 December 2013