A few years ago, I was potty training my daughter at Christmas time when baby Jesus mysteriously disappeared from our manger scene. Frantic searching ensued. Eventually, He was discovered in the most unlikely location…the training potty. I was appalled! What drove my sweet little daughter to put Jesus in a potty? Horrible thoughts flooded my head. I gathered a calm voice and asked her, “Why did you put baby Jesus in your potty?” She replied confidently, “I was potty training Him”.
I was taken aback. She saw Jesus as a child, like herself. It was clear to her that He needed to be fed, burped, rocked, and even potty trained like every other baby ever born. In that moment, I realized she understood far more than I did. Jesus lived in our human state. He felt what we feel. He saw what we see. He experienced what we experience. He understands our situation. He can sympathize with us. He stepped out of heaven, lived the human existence, and was killed unjustly on our behalf, to redeem this broken world. That is the true present of Christmas that is so clear through the eyes of a child. Pray we behold the beauty of our Savior humbly dwelling amongst us this Christmas season and always!
But Jesus emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.