We began by anticipating a season.   As Christmas Day gets closer, many people anticipate.  Some anticipate the arrival of Santa.  Some anticipate the arrival of a Savior.  But in any case, there is a trace of excitement in the air that says something or Someone wonderful is about to arrive.  

Gifts are wrapped.  Many stores close early on Christmas eve.  The hustle and bustle give way to quiet communion services.  Those who have become weary shoppers, do gooders, partiers, begin to gear down.  For some, the feeling is “we’re almost done with this thing … we survived another season.”  For some, the feeling is a little burst of fairy tale magic.  Somewhere during the hours between Christmas eve and Christmas Day,  the cookies left for Santa will be eaten … and from somewhere gifts will appear.

Will the little Lord Jesus come to life in our living rooms?  He could reveal Himself that way.  in fact, He has been alive since the beginning of Time.  The question is … just where is He now at this moment?  

Jesus calls us to remember that not all are in the warmth of the Inn.  The homeless are outside in the cold.  There are children who are feeling the pain of hunger.  There are those who are not watching the splendor of fireworks, but are hearing something all too real … the sounds of war.  There are people who feel left out of the celebration … true outsiders.  Perhaps we have been there ourselves.

Why was Jesus born outside?  Perhaps because He wanted us to know that under the great expanse of God’s Sky, we can all be inside, together in His Love.  Kings and shepherds worshipped together.  Humans and all God’s creatures were close.  Indeed, heaven and earth were joined that night.  What appeared to be out was in! Everyone was an outsider, and yet no one was an outsider.

 

As another season winds down, having been wowed by a momentary glimpse at wonder, will we go back inside and leave those standing outside in the cold?  Will we go back to the way we always thought it was and have another year just like last year, lulled by the comfort of the sameness and missing the still small Voice, calling, “I make all things new”?  

Linger a while longer.  Ponder the treasures.  Nose right up to the manger and hear the angels’ songs.  You may discover that they were not only singing for the new born King … but right now, they are singing for the new born you!  

Where is Jesus right now?  When God revealed Himself in the body of a little baby, only those seeking Him recognized Him.  Some people still see Him in the manger.  Some see Him on the cross.  Others see Him as the Glorious Resurrected Lord and soon coming King.  He has been and will be in all those places.

But if we look again, we will discover He is not in just in the past or in the future.  He has come and He is here now!.  You may find Him in the faces of your family and friends.  But keep looking.  Look beyond the comfort of the warmth of inside.  Go outside of your comfort zone and look again.  Jesus comes in many disguises.  Don’t miss Him!

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13

Then the King will say to those on His Right, “Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  

For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat,

 I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, 

I was a stranger and you invited Me in.

  I needed clothes and you clothed Me.

  I was sick and you looked after Me,

 I was in prison and you came to visit Me.”

Then the righteous will answer Him,

 “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You

or thirsty and give You something to drink? 

 When did we see You a stranger and invite You in

 or needing clothes and clothe You?

  When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?

The King will reply, “I tell you the Truth,

whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me!”

Matthew 25:34-40


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Follower of Jesus, Seeker of Truth, Commentator on Life, Light Bearer, Water Carrier, one of God’s Creations still under construction

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