“Put baby Jesus back. He’s just to look at.”
Hearing this exchange with my granddaughter regarding their nativity scene, gave me pause to think.
Christmas has culturally become a very busy season with the trappings of finding the exact gift for each person on the “list”, hoping they will like it and will not be standing in a Boxing Day lineup, returning the unwanted item for something considered more desirable.
While we do not know the exact time of year in which Jesus was born, again culturally, we have chosen December 25 each winter. But have we chosen to celebrate “Christmas” or “Jesus”? Do we "just look at Him" in the manger and give Him a perfunctory glance to turn the “magic” of Christmas into something religious?
I invite you to celebrate Jesus. His name means “Saviour”. Mankind was created perfect but chose in the Garden of Eden to put themselves above their relationship with God. This broke the relationship, making God someone to “just look at”. Mankind needed a saviour to restore this bond. Therefore, Jesus, Saviour came to earth to meet mankind, becoming a human baby, growing and developing into a young man who was crucified, and rose from the dead (Easter) in order to restore us to relationship with God.
Will you do more than “just look at Him” this Christmas?
Telling Jesus that you believe in Him and asking for restoration to God, is the simple step, beginning for you individually, a life filled with salvation and Jesus! May you accept this perfect gift this Christmas!