Leave the Manger

Blessed Christmas To All!


I am not a huge Will Ferrell fan, but I have teenage sons and it seems his humor resonates well with them. So, if I want to hang out with my sons, I am going to hang out some with Mr. Ferrell via the silver screen. Have you seen the movie, “Talladega Nights?” In this particular movie Ferrell plays a NASCAR driver. There is a scene where the family shares table grace. The prayer time turns into an intriguing debate regarding the identity of Jesus.


Ferrell begins the prayer, “ Dear Lord Baby Jesus….with your Baby Jesus powers…oh tiny baby Jesus.”

His wife interrupts and says , “Jesus did grow up.”

The Grandpa offers that, “He was a man, he had a beard.”

Ferrell responds to them with, "When you pray, you can pray to bearded Jesus or any Jesus you want, I like Christmas Baby Jesus.”


It is a humorous banter in the film that borders on the sacrilegious. Yet, I think the movie scene draws upon some realities that we need to reflect upon. I like Christmas Baby Jesus too, but is that the only way we are to see our Savior? Do we see Jesus as only little baby Christmas Jesus? Or will we leave the manger this Christmas and grow with Jesus into the maturity of his full identity?  The full identity of this child includes:


“Jesus” …Luke 1:31

“Son of the Most High”…Luke 1:32

“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,  Prince of Peace,” …Isaiah 9:6


How do you refer to Jesus? Come this week, look into the manger, see the child and worship the one who came so meek and mild. Enter in to the wonder of the God of the cosmos, taking on the form of a babe in poverty. Then leave that scene and grow into the fullness of this Jesus who matured as human being and who calls you to do the same.


See you Christmas eve.


Still in one peace,


David J. Jensen


Check out Day 23 of our 24 Days of Books - today's book recommendation is Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity by Keri Wyatt Kent. Read more about it and see all the other books recommended so far by clicking here.

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