I am the youngest in my family, so I can only imagine that sibling rivalry starts while still in the womb. I am sure my older sister stared at my mother’s belly and wondered about how her own life would change. She knew she would need to give up a lot of things once I was born. She would give up the title of being the baby of the house, and all the perks that came with that. All the attention would be diverted to me. I am sure she feared that she wouldn’t be loved any more. My birth was about to destroy the good life she was used to.
On the other side, I am sure my older brother, the eldest, looked at it from an entirely different perspective. Sure, he already went through the jealously stage when my sister was born, but he knew this would be a little different. He would have some added responsibilities, would have to change diapers again but he was 10 years old so he didn’t need as much attention. He was excited at the thought of having another male companion in the house; a brother.
In the bible, King Herod was scared of Baby Jesus being born because he thought he was being replaced. He was so threatened he order all male babies in Bethlehem under the age of 2 to be killed.
Honestly though, what threat does a baby pose? There is nothing that lights up a room full of people more than a newborn baby. Babies make everyone smile. When you understand the miracle of birth, and the uncorrupted innocence of a baby, all you can feel is love. Babies are the physical creation of love.
God, the Creator of all things, who is omnipotent, could have chosen any way to manifest Himself on this earth. He could have came down as Zeus, Godzilla, Voltron, an army of 10,000 angels, or any other large and powerful thing. But instead God chose a baby, born in the most humble way and place.
Let this Christmas remind you that you should not be scared of letting Jesus in your life. He did not come to take anything away from us, but give to us eternal life.
Merry CHRISTmas to all!