The Bible encourages us to “in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ,” (Ephesians 4:15). Christmas is a wonderful thing. It is a good beginning. But at some point in time we have to let Jesus out of the cradle.
Jesus must be allowed to grow up, and we must grow up with him. We have to change from thinking of him as a baby and understand that he is God who came and wrapped himself in human flesh for a time. We have to go from wonder to worship.
We must understand that there is more to the story than a baby in the hay. In that cradle lay the hope of the ages. In that stall was the salvation of the world.
The story about a child being born is true and it is wonderful, but we have to go beyond being charmed by it to being changed by it.
We need to see beyond the tradition and be transformed. We must go beyond the admiration of a child to the adoration of a Savior. No one truly understands Christmas until we find ourselves on our knees in worship.