…The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes…
The song implies that as the cows where bowing in reverence to the baby Jesus he didn’t fuss or cry. Now, I’m all for some creativity and pondering what some of the details concerning Christ’s birth might have been like, but an extremely important aspect of the Gospel is that God the Son took on flesh (John 1:14). He became one of us in order to redeem us! The doctrine of the incarnation of Christ is one the most amazing events in all of history: “the eternal, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinitely holy Son of God took on a human nature and lived among humanity as one who was both God and man at the same time, in one person” (ESV Study Bible – John 1:14). Christ was fully human and this humanity began when he was conceived.
This means the little Lord Jesus acted like an infant. He needed to be swaddled and fed. He fussed. He spit up. Yes, he peed and pooped in his diapers. We have no reason to believe that Jesus was some idyllic, super-baby of tranquility. If he was human like the rest of us, He cried like a baby – a sure sign of a healthy (breathing) newborn!
Other Christmas Misconceptions:
Christmas Misconception #1 Jesus was born in a Stable
Christmas Misconception #2 The Innkeeper Turned Mary & Joseph Away
Christmas Misconception #3 No Crying He Makes
Christmas Misconception #4 Mary, Urgently Needing to Deliver Her Baby, Rides into Bethlehem on a Donkey
Christmas Misconception #5 Three Kings, Riding on Donkeys, Come to See the Baby Jesus
Christmas Misconception #6 Jesus was Born on December 25th