Verse 3 in “Away in a Manger”:
The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes
Does anyone seriously believe that the baby Jesus never cried? I mean the first thing every new parent wants to hear is a crying baby emerging from the womb. It indicates health. Setting that aside, I’m sure Jesus cried, like every infant does, when he was hungry and needed food. For that matter, if Jesus was human, didn’t he fall and skin his knee as a toddler. Did he cry then?
You may say this is artistic license, and perhaps it is, but I do think we have a warped sense of the perfection of Jesus. He could be rude:
- Matthew 15:27 “But Jesus replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” (Was he seriously comparing a Canaanite woman to a dog. I don’t care what interpretation you have, that was rude.)
- Luke 23:9 “Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.” (Was he exercising his constitutional right to remain silent? Oh yeah, there was no constitution back then.)
- Matthew 23:33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?” (You’re going to tell me that Jesus can say anything he wants, but I thought He was the Perfect example of Humility. This is not humble, even if it is true. If you can’t say something nice, use TOUGH LOVE!)
Jesus is often set up as an example of meekness, but when he threw the money changers out of the temple, that didn’t sound very meek to me. Jesus lost his temper. I had someone argue that Jesus wasn’t angry, but it sure seems like a Bobby Knight temper tantrum to me.
If we believe Jesus was truly sinless and did no wrong, don’t we need to re-define Jesus in a way so that we don’t claim he didn’t cry, wasn’t rude, wasn’t angry?