You shall call this child “Jesus,”
for he “shall save his people
from their sins.”
Jesus said, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
We hear a lot about keeping Christ in our Christmas, and rightly so. Sadly, however, losing Christ in the busyness of life doesn’t happen only in December.
The good news is, God knows we humans wrestle to trust anything that we cannot see, hear, and touch. That’s part of the reason why, in the fullness of time, He sent forth his Son. In Jesus Christ, God has chosen to tell us about himself in flesh and blood. A human being takes the place of theological abstractions: when we have seen Jesus, we have seen God himself.
So throughout 2015, let’s not be robbed of the treasure we have in Christ. Let us not dis-incarnate God. Rather, let us always think about God in terms of Jesus, as opposed to Jesus in terms of God. If it is hope that we are looking for, let us turn to a scene in the Gospels where Jesus offers hope and allow him to speak directly to us: let not your hearts be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me (John 14:1). If it is wisdom we are seeking, let us listen to Jesus, the true sage: everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock (Matthew 7:24). If we are struggling in prayer around God’s will in our lives, let us allow Jesus’ prayer to express our heart: Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will (Mark 14:36). You get the idea.
Losing sight of Jesus doesn’t take much to get started. A bit of worry, a dash of hurry, a sprinkle of tears, and – behold, God’s face is gone. A 19th century poet wrote well of the human heart when she said, Tis not love’s going hurts my days,/But that it went in little ways. So in the little things of life’s living, in the rush of this and all the other seasons, let us not lose Him. Rather, by God’s Spirit and Word, let us keep Jesus in all our goings.