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Look for Christ this Christmas

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Ahhhh… Christmas is here. I am reminded of this joyous event everywhere I go. Stores are playing joyful songs about snowmen and reindeer, houses are randomly decorated with blinking lights, and people everywhere are exuding Christmas cheer, right? Well, that might be true where you live, but in the town where I drive, road rage, parking lot rage, and mall rage are more in keeping with the festive tradition.

Have you been able to take a break from all the madness of the holiday season, to focus on the real meaning of Christmas: not shopping lists, not parties for hosting, not marshmallows for roasting? These are nice, but the significance of the season is our Savior, Jesus Christ. Are you looking for Him this Christmas? If you are, you will find him.

Look for Christ in the commonplace. That’s where the shepherds found him. They followed the star to in an old dusty stable outside an ordinary town of Bethlehem and noticed the Savior of the world sleeping in a germ-infested feed trough. Luke 2:12 explains, “You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Look for Christ in the ordinary, routine happenings of your life. Look for him while you sit in traffic or wait in line. Look for him when you’re at the dinner table, knowing that He alone can truly satisfy. Look for him when you give a gift to a child, knowing that Christmas is a celebration of the greatest gift ever: the gift of salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Look for Christ in your problems. While Christmas parties may be designed to bring good cheer, these get-togethers may simply remind you that your life is not a peaceful sleigh ride. You may be reminded that someone you love is not with you. Unfortunately, troubles don’t take the holidays off. In fact, the holidays often intensify feelings of loneliness and despair. In the midst of these feelings remember that Christmas is about God becoming one of us. Isaiah 7:14 says, “Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” The word Immanuel means “God is with us.” This Christmas, consider the fact that God is with you. No matter how bad things are in your life, you are not alone.

This Christmas, look for Christ in the ordinary events and look for him in the midst of your problems. You will find Christ when you seek him with all your heart.

Andy Knight

About the Author

Andy is the user interface designer for YouVersion, the Bible App. He has a passion for sharing God's story of grace and freedom through the internet. Andy lives in Roswell, GA, with his wife and three sons. You can follow him on Twitter at @andyknight.