I’ve worked in companies where everyone gathered together to celebrate each employee’s birthday. Once, when my turn came, we gathered together in our customary fashion around the conference table. After taking my cake and card, I took my seat and watched everyone talk and laugh and otherwise enjoy their temporary release from their work duties. I also noticed that hardly anyone talked to me. I made a comment here and there to announce my presence, then finally left the room. No one noticed.
I’ve often wondered if Jesus feels that way at Christmas, which is traditionally hailed as the celebration of Christ’s birth. It is the biggest birthday party on Earth. It all started with angels and shepherds, a guest list as diverse as you can get (Luke 2:8 – 9). Of course, the guest of honor was the focus of the party: Jesus Christ in infant form.
We can all join in with Charlie Brown in repudiating the commercialism of Christmas and pushing aside the curtains of the culture to see the true meaning of the season. We also agree with the bumper stickers, billboards, and broadcasters, who remind us to “keep Christ in Christmas.” After all, it is His birthday celebration, and He deserves center stage.
We are also reminded that “wise men still seek Him.” This is, of course, based on the visit of the magi to the young Christ child (Matthew 2:1 – 2). They traveled a great distance to see the Christ, and knew where to go to find Him. They essentially said to King Herod, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
Shepherds were the lowest of the low, the outcast caste, yet the heavenly host made sure they were the first ones outside the immediate family to join the party for the Messiah. They immediately set off to see Jesus (Luke 2:15).
Simeon, an aged holy man, wanted to see Jesus, and was told by God that he would. When the baby Jesus was carried to the temple, the Holy Spirit led Simeon right to him — he knew where to find Him (Luke 2:25 – 26).
After Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, some Greeks — non-Jews who were celebrating Passover — came to Philip and gave us our theme verse, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus” (John 12:21). They knew whom to ask.
Due to the unusual circumstances of 2020, the celebration of Christmas is taking on unusual characteristics. The fears and uncertainties of this year compel many people to search for peace, love, joy, and hope, perhaps from a political leader who will deliver their world from trouble. Where can such a package be found?
If someone comes to us for the answer, would we be able to show them Jesus? Would they know to come to us? What part does the guest of honor play in our Christmas celebration? Do we acknowledge Jesus in our parties? If He left, would we notice?
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Bible says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Jesus is seeking you; will He find you?
“Sir, we wish to see Jesus!” Now and every day.
Alan Allegra is the editor of Lifestyles Over 50 (Thrive Media) and a contributor to the Allentown, PA, Morning Call. He is also an adult Sunday school teacher and Bible study leader. Passionate about reviving theology and church methodology, and being a senior citizen!