Perspective

Despite all the marketing hustle and bustle that surrounds the holiday season, Christmas at its root is a time of celebration.  It is a celebration not of Santa, reindeer, and elves, or even of family, friends, and presents, but of the birth of Jesus.  Don’t get me wrong I am in no way advocating that one should not participate in family gatherings, gift giving, or even the tradition of Santa Claus with their children.  What I am saying is that the focal point of the holiday is Jesus and everything else should revolve around Him.  It’s a matter of perspective.  In fact, Christmas is a holiday that can only be properly observed when approached with an attitude of reflection and anticipation. Reflection on His first coming:

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“Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped. but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”  Philippians 2:6-8 ESV

But also anticipation of His second and final coming

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“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.”  Mark 13:26-27 ESV

So, as we enter this Christmas season I urge you not to forget the real reason for the season.  Contemplate who He is and what he has done.  And, as you do that ask yourself what exactly He means to you.  I like the way John Piper puts it:

“The critical question for our generation—and for every generation— is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there? ” – John Piper

Is He fire insurance?  Or, is He the source of fellowship with our Heavenly Father?  Is He merely a free ticket to paradise?  Or, is He the “bright, blazing, satisfying beauty of your life” (John Piper).  It’s all about perspective.

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One response to “Perspective

  1. This is one of the best posts I’ve read in a while. That quote from John Piper hits hard, like a punch in the gut. If that one doesn’t make you ask the question and contemplate your relationship with Christ Jesus nothing will. Well done.

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