It’s tradition for many families at Christmas time to sit and read the account of the birth of Christ from Luke 2. We get all the big important details here, but the chapter keys on the angels telling the shepherds about Jesus’ birth.
As I was reading this a few days ago, something occurred to me: the shepherds didn’t have to go search for Jesus. They easily could have stayed in the fields were they were, tending their sheep after the angels appeared to them. They were given signs as to what they needed to look for: a baby boy, born in Bethlehem, wrapped in cloths, laying in a manger. But the angels never said the shepherds were required to go. They went because they knew the urgency of the new birth and the importance:
"So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger." Luke 2:17
"The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them." Luke 2:20
The shepherds knew they needed to find the Messiah. It was important enough to leave what they were doing, their very livelihood, and seek Him out.
And that’s what Christmas is. Christmas is about Christ. It’s about us searching for Him, knowing Him, and glorifying Him.
We’re so wrapped up in the little things: getting the right gift, returning the wrong ones, wrapping paper and ribbons and bows, lights and ornaments and trees and carols, cantatas and programs and candlelight, parties and egg nog and stress and shopping malls, ridiculous traffic and jammed airports,Facebook pictures so all can see how cute our kids are dressed up, calendars and ceramic nativities and topical books, baking and cookies and in-laws and sweaters.
We consume ourselves with nearly everything. Except the one thing Christmas is actually about.
Are we searching? Are we dropping everything around us to go and seek out the Messiah? Or, instead of being the main reason for our season, has he become a nostalgic replica of years gone by?
I pray that you’ll find time today to search for Christ. Seek Him out, and get to know Him. And glorify Him, for He was, is, and always will be…King. Even after the parties have ended and gifts have been opened and lights taken down and families depart, Jesus Christ, the baby boy born of a virgin, is King.