Being the Secret Santa to my boss was quite challenging — I had to make a greeting card. What do I draw? Golden bells, singing choirs, snowmen, and lighted candles? These are too cliche that I was forced to dig deeper to find the truth about Christmas. Underneath all the merry-making and cheery feelings, how do I illustrate it?
The picture I came up with, however, was quite depressing. The anticipation for the birth of Jesus is hidden behind fake pine trees and cherubs. The gifts and feasts appeared too picture-perfect to actually be served. The blushing Claus and flying reindeer do not even exist. These decorations are what we have come to call Christmas. Merry, but meaningless.
What an amazing choice He made, for the King to become human and dwell among our cluttered world and cluttered hearts. Then, and until now. Even after he lived and died for us, somehow we still miss the point. Yet what great news it was — the baby from thousands of years ago was our Savior!
“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” ~John. 1:9-12