“And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.” Luke 2:16-17
Christmas is in 12 days, which means we are in the thick of the Christmas season right now and everything that comes along with it. Shopping for presents, getting our travel plans together and worrying about how we’re going to handle family drama is swirling around us, and all we can do at this point is hope and pray it all works out. Maybe we’re dealing with that sinking feeling in our stomachs we often get during Christmas time where we feel depressed or anxious about our current situation. Maybe we’re frustrated because our lives seem to be falling apart and it feels like God doesn’t notice.
Unfortunately, it’s easy for us to feel this way if we’re only looking at the surface level of Christmas - or pardon me for using a cheesy Christmas metaphor - if we’re only looking at the wrapping paper. But there is great comfort and peace to be found if we’re able to look beyond the wrapping paper and into the gift inside. Once we realize it’s all about the gift, the wrapping paper and everything else around it fades away and becomes unimportant.
Consider what is happening in the scripture passage above. The shepherds go searching through Bethlehem for Jesus and find Him wrapped in torn pieces of cloth and lying in a manger used for feeding animals. I’m sure that is hardly the setting they imagined for the arrival of their promised Messiah, yet none of that seemed to matter once they saw the Babe. Rather than being distracted by all the craziness surrounding the Babe, they went and told everyone all about Who they had seen, not about what they had seen. As a result, their joy spread through the town as they glorified and praised God.
Join us this Sunday for a special Christmas message titled “An Imperfect Home for Perfect Savior”. This will be a great message for those unfamiliar with the Bible so be praying about a friend or family member you can invite. God bless you all and see you on Sunday!