Babies have a strange ability to soften our hearts. During one battle in World War II, French and German soldiers had taken position on opposite sides of a farmhouse in a meadow under the cover of darkness. As a new day began, the soldiers began firing their big guns. Suddenly, they stopped. In the silence which followed, a tiny baby could be seen crawling carefree through the green meadow. The soldiers watched as the infant’s mouth formed a smile, and heard him laugh as he picked a dandelion. They lowered their weapons, and no one fired a single shot. No one wanted to, because the baby had taken the will to fight away from them. The little baby had changed everything.

When Jesus came to Earth, the world was full of conflict and tension. People lived in doubt, fear, and disappointment. Nation fought against nation, and brother struggled against brother. It was a terrible sight to behold. None of this changed when Jesus was born. Most people just went on with their lives as if nothing had happened. They acted as if the entrance of the eternal God, the second Member of the Trinity, into the world as a tiny baby was no big deal.

Of course, we know this baby grew into a man who lived a sinless life, died on a cross for our sins, and rose again. The Death and Resurrection of Christ gave His Birth significance. Now we can have peace on Earth with God and others. Now there is joy in the world. Christians ought to be the most excited people in the world because this Baby changed everything.

Are there unresolved conflicts in your life? Maybe you had a falling out with a friend or loved one this year, and you lack peace about it. You may be holding a grudge against someone because they let you down. Perhaps you have been involved in an all-out battle with a bitter enemy, and both sides have been shooting at each other. Let Jesus, the Christmas Child, replace your will to fight with a spirit of reconciliation. If you let Him, He will change everything.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder