History teaches us a most interesting truth about the birth of Jesus--His birth went unknown to all but a few. A few wise men. A few shepherds. Joseph. Mary. Just barely a handful of the humanity He was born to save. The question I can't shake is, "How did so many miss the first Christmas?" The answer, I'm afraid, is the same today as it was on the night Jesus was born. Humanity either looks in the wrong places for salvation or it doesn't look for salvation at all.
We can enjoy the Christmas Holidays in many ways, as diverse a number of ways as the different peoples of the world. However, Christmas itself can only be celebrated by the few around the world who are looking. The few who are led to the Savior. The few who desire to find Him. And to those who are seeking, the promise of Christmas is that salvation will be found.
The true Christmas story does not mean salvation for all of humanity. It means salvation is offered to all of humanity but will be realized and given only to those who desire to find Jesus and acknowledge Him as Savior and Lord. Those who search with all of their hearts.
Just in case you missed Him, He can still be found today:
Not in a stable, but by faith.
Not in a swaddling cloth, but in a robe of righteousness.
Not in the meekness of a manger, but as risen, exalted King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Not in the manner that we might wish to approach Him, but only through humble submission and repentance.
Not in a tomb, but in risen victory.
Not in the temporary, but in the eternal.
And to all who seek him in this manner, the promise is that "you will be saved". (Romans 10:9-10)
May there be many that find the true Christmas during this Christmas Season. May there be those who long to find the Savior once again.