A Baby Changes Everything

There is a contemporary Christian Christmas song recorded by Faith Hill entitled “A Baby Changes Everything.” It goes like this:

“Teenage girl, much too young, unprepared for what’s to come…not a ring on her hand, all her dreams and all her plans…the man she loves she’s never touched, how will she keep his trust? A baby changes everything, and she cries.
She has to leave, go far away, heaven knows she can’t stay… she can feel He’s coming soon, there’s no place, there’s no room. A baby changes everything, and she cries.
Gather round; up above the star shines down, choir of angels sing, glory to the newborn King. A baby changes everything, and she cries…Hallelujah.
My whole life has turned around, I was lost but now I’m found…a baby has changed everything.”

When I hear that song my memory takes me back to 1982 when our first child was born. That changed a lot of things for us…how we shopped, restaurants we could go to, cash flow, especially the amount of sleep we got. A baby changed everything.

Now our “baby” has three babies of her own, the youngest is two years old. She and our son-in-law also found that a baby changes everything.

The baby Jesus didn’t stay a baby for long. Did Joseph and Mary ever need to discipline their oldest? Somehow I can’t imagine “spanking” Jesus…can’t imagine Jesus ever needing any “correction.” I have thought about what it might have been like to grow up as the younger sibling to God in the flesh. Did Joseph or Mary ever ask his brothers, “Why can’t you be more like Jesus?” Wow, glad my older siblings didn’t set the bar that high for me.

What was His personality like? Was he cool, calm, and collected? Did he know everything, at least what was in the hearts of men, when he was a teen? Did he go through the “terrible twos” or maybe the terrible tweens or terrible teens? Did he have a curfew or any girlfriends? Did Joseph have “the talk” with Him?

If you started reading this with some of the same questions, I’m sorry that you haven’t found the answers here. I’m still asking.

There are some things that I do know about Jesus, this one comes from the gospel according to Matthew.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, and angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.
— Matthew 1:18-25 (NKJV)

May God bless you richly as you continue your search for the things you need to know about Jesus.