He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. ~~ John 1:11-13 (KJV)
It is so easy to get caught up in the trappings and excesses and pressures our culture imposes on the season that we can lose sight of the essentials.
Shopping, baking, decorating, gift wrapping, and parties consume our time and energy. We do all in the name of Christmas, but we seem to forget that the basis of Christmas is Christ.
When Christ was born, he was born into the family of David. But the religious Jews of that day did not recognize him. The message was given to shepherds in the field. The Magi sought Him out. But in the Jewish community of that day, His reception was mixed.
Some recognized him.
And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. ~~ Luke 2:25-32 (KJV)
“A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.”
In this season, let us look to the light and the glory.
Help us to see and to recognize the reason for this season. Grant that we may never lose sight of Your salvation for those who believe. Thank You for sending Jesus as our Savior and our example. May we extend Your love and generosity to all we meet.
In Jesus’ most precious name.