Christ-Centered Christmas -- Day 10

December 12, 2015

 

 

READ: Luke 2:41-52; 2 Corinthians 4:4

 

In the late fall of my son’s fifth grade year, his class was diligently practicing for their school’s upcoming “Winter Program.” (Don’t even try to call it a “Christmas Program!”) During that time, Kyle came home with a story to tell. “Dad, you won’t believe what they did to the song Go Tell it on the Mountain.”

 

Curious, I asked, “What did they do?”

 

“It’s crazy!” He started, “Instead of singing go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born, we’re singing go tell it on the mountain that a little baby is born!”

 

I was shocked by this. However, a little research told me that I shouldn’t have been. This kind of thing has been happening at school after school for years. Jingle Bells has replaced Joy to the World. Reindeer have replaced redemption, and Santa has replaced the Savior.

 

 

THINK             

How long was Jesus “lost” to Mary and Joseph?

 

 

Since men usually travelled separately from women and children, it is easy to see why Jesus was “lost.” Joseph thought Jesus was with Mary and Mary thought Jesus was with Joseph. What is it, though, that makes Jesus “get lost” in our culture today?

 

 

How has Jesus been lost in our American version of Christmas?

 

 

How has Jesus been lost in your life? What can help you center back on Him?

 

 

PRAY

  • Thank Christ for making a way for lost sinners to be found

  • Confess to God, if necessary, losing sight of Jesus

  • Ask God to focus you firmly on Christ this Christmas

  • Ask God to use you to help others focus on Christ  

 

APPLY

  • Seek to center on Christ this Christmas Season. Don’t let Him get “lost” in all the commercialism

  • Decorate for Christmas with Christian symbols, a nativity, or other items that will help you remember to center on Christ this holiday season

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