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This week’s Christmas Sunday message was the familiar story of Christ’s birth, with an interesting twist. Though the story had not changed (nor should it ever), the shift in perspective certainly had—posed in the question of, “what do you really see when you see the baby Jesus?”
Sure, you see a cute little baby in a manger surrounded by hay, barnyard animals, His parents and maybe some townspeople—but even the most faithful of believers can sometimes become desensitized to who it really was laying in that Bethlehem manger.
The core team was challenged to read the book of Luke this week. As I began the first four chapters, which also included the account of Christ’s birth, there was something that the Lord pointed out to me—both as an amazing correlation with the question from the sermon and an equally amazing reality check for me, an old desensitized believer.
In Luke 2:25, a righteous and devout man named Simeon was told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he saw the Lord’s Christ. And when Joseph and Mary had presented Jesus in the temple, Simeon proclaimed to God, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace…for my eyes have seen your salvation…”
Automatically I thought, sure, the righteous man, the one who had long-served God, and was most likely raised in the traditions and teachings pointing to the coming King—of course Simeon would recognize and proclaim Christ for who He was.
But then—an encounter drastically different from Simeon occurred in Luke 4; Jesus was preaching in the synagogue when He met a man possessed by an unclean demon. The man tauntingly questioned Christ but then acknowledged Him saying “I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” A demon, Satan’s minion, saw Jesus Christ with all power and authority; the One from God.
Two very dissimilar people.
Two very dissimilar relationships with Christ.
One very similar reaction.
God then forced me back to the original question: “what do you really see when you see the baby Jesus?” A cute little baby or the Son of God, our Savior, our Sacrifice and our Salvation reigning with all power and authority of Heaven?
Even the demon saw Christ for who He really was.