This article was published in the following newspapers:
Norris City Banner – Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Ridgway News – Thursday, December 6, 2007
Gallatin County Democrat – Thursday, December 6, 2007
Babies Trusting in Jesus
Christmas reminds us of the birth of Jesus. It reminds us that God came to Earth, in human flesh. But many do not realize that baby Jesus started blessing people – even before He was born!
While Jesus was still a tiny baby in Mary’s womb, Mary visited her cousin, Elisabeth. Both were expecting blessed children. Mary was expecting baby Jesus, and Elisabeth was expecting baby John-the-Baptist. And according to the Bible, John would love Jesus, before either of them was even born!
The Bible says that John would “be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb” (Luke 1:15). “And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb” (Luke 1:41).
What an impressive testimony to the love and tenderness of God! Little John had not learned to walk or talk. In fact, he hadn’t even been born yet. But that does not stop God. The Holy Spirit fills John, even in the womb, and the little baby starts dancing around like King David.
Elisabeth tells us that baby John is filled with “joy” at the presence of Jesus: “But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy” (Luke 1:43-44)
John trusted in Jesus as a baby. But he wasn’t the first baby to do that. Centuries earlier, King David prayed to God, and said: “You are He who took me out of the womb; You made me trust while on my mother’s breasts. I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother’s womb You have been My God” (Psalm 22:9-10). It is no wonder that baby John started dancing like King David; he was saved as a baby just like David was!
In fact, Psalm 22 is a song which the entire nation of Israel sang regularly, for hundreds of years. So it is reasonable to think that [infants trusting in God] was something they expected to happen as a common occurrence.
Can this happen today? Absolutely! God’s grace is as strong as ever. And Jesus still loves children. In fact, He said that the Kingdom of God belongs to even infants (Luke 18:16). And when he compares John to modern members of God’s Kingdom, we learn something very encouraging. Jesus speaks of John the Baptist, and says that “he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Matthew 11:11 & Luke 7:28).
The least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist. And before John was born, he knew Jesus. So is it too much to expect that our children would know Christ from an early age too? As it is written: “Out of the mouths of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise” (Matthew 21:16).
The Scriptures show that a baby can love Jesus, even before birth. The grace of God is not limited by a person’s age. Your child does not have to wait until the age of 5 or 6 to know God. Pray that your little child would know Jesus personally, even at the very youngest age. Nothing is too hard for our God!
~ Joseph M. Gleason