What is Christmas really about?
•To the storekeeper it often means greater sales
•To the city employees it means Christmas decorations
•To Hallmark it means Christmas movies
•To the kids it means a wish list
•To the church it means Christmas plays & dinners
All of the above are apart of our Christmas festivities, but let’s not forget the reason for the season. One of my favorite stories that I continue to share will be reminded of the true meaning of Christ at Christmas time is found in Luke 2:25-35. It is about a godly man by the name of Simeon making a trip to the temple to see Jesus the Savior of the world. When Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple Simeon took Jesus up in his arms and embraced Him.
“Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace.” (Luke 2:28,29 NLT)
One of the reasons I like this story so much is that Simeon took the Child in his arms and blessed Him. I can only imagine the hush over the room and the attention that Simeon must have drawn from Mary, Joseph, and possibly others. Simeon had been anticipating this moment for some time. He knew that this precious baby boy would change the world and it was his last wish to see the child before he left this earth.
It is my prayer this Christmas season that we too will be reminded of the true meaning of Christ-
That it will be more then just Christmas plays, movies, and decorations. That it will be a time that we proclaim the message of peace and goodwill toward others. That it will be a time where we will enjoy His presence more then we enjoy the presents we receive. It is my prayer that we will embrace Christ and his word during this Christmas season.
Bishop Tim Lamb combines over 34 years of pastoral and church planting experience to lead LifePoint Ministries. Bishop Tim's unique prophetic insight, forward-thinking leadership, and compassion for people combine to make him an effective leader for our pastors and churches.