Seeking Christmas

midnightshinechristmasstar“You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12

We so often hear the complaint that Christianity is just “blind faith,” and many simply refuse to believe without “proof.”  But that is not what the Bible indicates.  God invites us to step into faith with our eyes wide open.  He said “If . . . you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him, if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29).   God does not require mindless devotion to an unseen, unproven entity.  He has gone to great lengths to make Himself known.

On the night of Jesus’ birth, God announced the way to this blessed Child.  A chorus of heavenly hosts who appeared to the shepherds in the fields – and they told them exactly where to find this Baby – “in the town of David” (Luke 2:11) and how they would recognize Him – “wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (v. 12).  They responded to God’s revelation – “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see . . .” (v. 15).  Let’s follow the evidence that God has given to us. Let’s seek Him whom the angel said we would find.

Matthew records another visible and powerful proof of Jesus’ birth as the Magi from the East declared “We have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2), and he continues: “The star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was” (v. 9).  God not only gave directions, He led the way with a star in the sky.  They were overjoyed – they sought the King, and their search was rewarded.

There is another path that God has clearly provided for man to find his Creator.  That path leads up a hill in Jerusalem, to Calvary and to the Cross.  God made this way clear and unmistakable when He covered that path with the blood of His one and only Son, Jesus.  He has declared that this is the way to find Him – the only way.  To all who will accept it, God has promised not only to reveal Himself but to claim the seeking soul as His own.  He welcomes those who seek Him with a heart to believe.

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