One investigator writes, “Often there is a babe—the Christ Child—in her matronly arms.” At Fatima the “Child Jesus,” floating on a luminous cloud, appeared with the Virgin on July 13, 1917, to declare that there would be no peace until the world was dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of His Mother in reparation of the sins committed against her. A similar apparition of “Mary” and “Jesus” appeared to Lucy, the only survivor of the original three visionaries, in her convent cell at Pontevedra on December 10, 1925:
“The Most Holy Virgin appeared…and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jesus…[who] said, ‘Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of Reparation to remove them.”
On February 15, 1926, “the child Jesus” again urged Catholics to “spread this devotion of [and] reparation to the Immaculate Heart of His Holy Mother,” declaring that reparation must be made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for mankind to be saved! What a blasphemous denial of the simple gospel of salvation by grace through faith in Christ and His redemptive work, yet it is embraced within the Roman Catholic Church.
That the babe or child “Jesus” often appears with “Mary” only adds to the proof that these apparitions are demonic. Jesus Christ was a mature man in His thirties when He died on the cross for our sins. He rose from the dead and ascended to His Father’s right hand (Mark:16:19; Acts:2:33; 5:31; 7:55; Romans:8:34; Colossians:3:1; Hebrews:10:12; 12:2; 1 Peter:3:22; etc.), where He “ever liveth to make intercession” for us (Hebrews:7:25). His resurrected, glorified body is so glorious that John fell at His feet as dead when He was given a glimpse of Him (Revelation:1:17). The idea that He is still appearing as a babe in Mary’s arms or as a small child is a blasphemous fiction invented and maintained by the Roman Catholic Church in order to exalt Mary as Queen of Heaven above Jesus Christ. Yet even some evangelical leaders (such as Jack Van Impe) refer to the apparitions as though they were from God.
Imagine parents carrying around baby pictures of a son who is now a grown man and speaking of him as though he were still an infant. Yet Catholicism, in its art and images, continues to present Christ as a babe, or child. Roman Catholicism honors continual alleged appearances of Christ in infantile form and offers devotion to innumerable doll-like images of the infant Jesus as though they were Himself. At Christmas 1996, Our Sunday Visitor devoted an entire two-page article to “The Holy Infants of Mexico”—images which differ in appearance from each other, yet are all supposed to be of the “Christ Child.” As this popular Catholic paper says, “In Mexico, devotions to the Christ Child are widespread and abundant…. Devotion to Santo Nino de Atocha, the ‘Holy Child of the Atocha,’ although centered in Mexico, has spread widely, and has a special niche in the hearts of many North Americans.” The article goes on to explain:
“During World War II, soldiers of the New Mexico National Guard fought bravely…[at] Corregidor, and turned to the little Jesus for protection. Approximately 20000 survivors of this campaign and their families walked in procession to the little shrine of the Atocha near Santa Fe, N.M., to give their thanks.”
Notice that it was not the Lord Jesus Christ glorified in heaven, the mature man who conquered sin and Satan on the cross, rose triumphant from the grave, and is now at the Father’s right hand, Lord of the universe, to whom these soldiers looked for protection, but to “the little Jesus”! In fact, the little Jesus no longer exists, but this fiction turns multitudes away from trust in the true Lord Jesus Christ. Whatever “power” protects Catholics who trust and honor this “Baby Jesus” is surely not of God. The very act of trusting in a power other than God opens one to the occult. Satan is happy to oblige and thereby seduce those trusting in this counterfeit “Jesus.”
Other images of the infant “Jesus” to whom Catholics pray for protection include “The Doctor of the Sick,” through which many sick people have allegedly been healed; “the Holy Child of Good Fortune,” whose blessing supposedly brings good luck; and “El Nino Cieguito, the Blind Child Jesus,” who is “venerated in the Capuchin church in the city of Puebla.” A blind Jesus? He who opened the eyes of the blind is Himself blind?
It is amazing to read the claim that the tiny image of “the Holy Child Jesus, Doctor of the Sick, continues to radiate comfort and blessings.” Similar claims are made for the other lifeless images. The Roman Catholic is convinced that some real power is involved. Inasmuch as that power cannot be from either the “Child Jesus,” who doesn’t exist, or from a lifeless idol, it can logically only be from Satan—or a placebo effect.
After Jesus Christ ascended to heaven at the end of the 40 days in which He presented Himself to His disciples following His resurrection (Luke:24:50,51; Acts:1:1-11), we have no account of Him coming back to this earth to appear to anyone. He is present among His own in Spirit but not physically or visibly. If anyone sees Him it must be through a vision of Him in heaven such as that by the church’s first martyr, Stephen:
“But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven…and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man [not a “Child Jesus”] standing on the right hand of God…” (Acts:7:55-59).