David Jeremiah is the founder and host of Turning Point for God and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, Calif. For more information on Turning Point, go to http://www.DavidJeremiah.org.
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Wherever you live in the world, there is plenty to see at Christmas. And while I love our American Christmas traditions, I have to admit that a lot of what catches my eye has precious little to do with the true reason for the season. Let’s take a look at how we can put our focus where it should be this Christmas.
Do you see what I see?
Christmas is definitely the season of lights. The first Christmas light was the beautiful star the Magi saw “in the East” and which they followed to find the Christ Child to worship Him with their gifts (Matthew 2:1-2). As great as that heavenly light was, it was just a glimmer compared to the Light that came into the world in a humble Bethlehem birthplace: “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world” (John 1:9).
You have probably been to a candlelight service on Christmas Eve where one candle lights others – which in turn gives light to other candles – until the entire church is aglow. That is a picture of the true Light of the world who came to bring light to every person in the world. The problem with this beautiful event is this: Once all the candles are lit, the single candle that was the original source of light can no longer be seen in the brightly lit room.
That’s what happens at Christmas. The one true Light that came into the world, Jesus Christ, often gets overshadowed by the festivities, embellishments and excitement of the Christmas season. For those of us who know He is the true Light and who know He is there, it becomes our responsibility to ask ourselves and others, “Do you see Who I see?” It is our task to keep our Christmas eyes focused on the Babe who was born to save us from our sin. He is the Christ of Christmas!
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Source: Baptist Press