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DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?

 

Paul Schneidmill

 

It’s the Christmas season once again and I am grateful to God for His unparalleled goodness!  He has allowed you and me to “see” another Christmas season. 

 

As with each year, I see people from all walks of life planning and preparing to acknowledge the season in a multitude of ways, i.e., being festive, buying and wrapping gifts, cooking, decorating, donating, sending cards, sharing, etc.

 

It always seems like a wonderfully cheerful time of the year.  

 

I gather I don’t need to clarify the real purpose for celebrating during this season.  I mean, after all, one could just do a study of the word, “Christmas,” and find out that “Christ,” the name meaning, “anointed one,” is the name the angel of the Lord announced to the shepherds in Bethlehem (see Luke 2:11), and “mas,” is the Middle English word that means, celebration or festival.  Ergo, the reason we have a Christmas season is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ!

 

I know you knew that.

 

I also know that you know that even though He wasn’t actually born on December 25th, we as a nation, along with many other nations, have set that date aside to celebrate, commemorate, recognize and rejoice in the actual, true fact that Jesus Christ; the King of kings, Lord or lords, and Savior of the world, was born! 

 

At least that was the original intent…

 

I’m aware that now (in this day and age) there are other reasons for celebrating this season. 

 

It’s nothing new, but I was just wondering, “Do you see what I see?”

 

Do you see people celebrating the Christmas season without acknowledging Christ or His birth? 

 

Do you see people enjoying festivities associated with and related to the season with more attention to a fictitious fellow named, “Santa Claus,” and not mention the Savior?

 

Do you see people participating in holiday activities while not recognizing the coming of the Holy One?

 

In a public school my children attended a few years ago, a school party was given at Christmas time.  It was called a Winter Festival Holiday party.  The principal told me that it couldn’t be called a Christmas party because the law did not allow it, it could only be called a holiday party.

 

I was confused so I wanted to know what holiday that was.  I wasn’t able to get an answer.

 

Can you imagine attending a birthday party in which many of the guests in attendance festively acknowledged, celebrated, enjoyed, and rejoiced over everything except the person actually having the birthday?

 

Years ago, God gave me a Christmas message to preach, entitled, “They Saw Him Coming.”  The message was based on the story of the wise men connected to Jesus’ birth in the Gospel of Matthew.  In chapter 2, verse 2, Scripture states that wise men came to King Herod, asking, “Where is He (Jesus) that is born King of the Jews?  For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.”

 

By following a star proclaimed in an Old Testament prophecy (Numbers 24:17) these wise men were able to “see” Jesus coming at His birth.

 

Today, many celebrate Christmas without being able, or refusing to “see” that He has come.    

 

We’ve got to acknowledge Christ!  We’ve got to remember Him!  He was born to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:18-21). 

 

We must and should celebrate His birth with Him at the forefront and center of it all!

 

We’ve got to see that!

 

Do you see what I see?

 

Said the night wind to the little lamb,

Do you see what I see

Way up in the sky, little lamb,

Do you see what I see

A star, a star, dancing in the night

With a tail as big as a kite

With a tail as big as a kite

         

Copyright © Paul Schneidmill