It is evident from Matthew 2:1-12 and Luke 2:8-14 that the “wise men from the east” and the “shepherds out in the field” traveled some distance to come to the place where Jesus was, “in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger”. Whatever difficulties or hardships were necessary to be at the place where Jesus was, are not even mentioned. What is mentioned is that “they fell down and worshipped Him” and the shepherds were accompanied “suddenly…with…a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased” (Luke 2:13-14)! God’s universe was vibrant with praise as Jesus entered this world.
Simeon lived his whole life waiting for this one moment when he would hold the child Jesus in his arms. For Simeon, this was the pinnacle of everything that had meaning. Anna, at the age of eighty-four had the same feelings (2:36-38). These perhaps did not travel distance in terms of miles, but they traveled life’s path with one objective – THE REDEEMER OF MANKIND!
If your objective this Christmas is what you will receive in gifts from others, then you have missed the whole purpose of Christmas. As Jesus is the center of God’s universe, so He must be our whole reason for celebration, worship and praise. Our love for Jesus is best measured by what we will sacrifice to be worshipping Him in His presence. Everything else in life receives meaning and value because of Him. Apart from Jesus, nothing has meaning or value. Is God changing your values?
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