A glowing fireplace with yuletide log, children caroling in the streets, brightly wrapped packages — these are images of Christmas so many hold dear.
But when the Word became flesh, there was little celebration, no red carpet, not even a welcome mat.
If not for the heavenly choir or star in the sky, even the shepherds and wise men would have skipped the occasion.
The Son of God, considering the plight of His creation, took a long look at the glories of heaven, stepped into His jeweled chariot and swept over the edge of time and space to become one with us, so we could become one with Him. That great leap of faith brought Him here the first time. His unqualified love will bring Him back.
Those who welcome Him back will be those who have chosen to take the priorities of His Kingdom to heart: "Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me" (Matthew 25:40).
Looking from self to the needs of others, may His values be at the centerpiece of your holidays this year.
— Gleaner Staff