Our Bible verse for today: “Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Jesus should be the center of our attention.”
With respect to Christmas, author O.S. Hawkins invites us to consider the scene in the famous painting “The Adoring Shepherds” by the Dutch artist Rembrandt. If you haven’t seen it I encourage you to take a moment now to Google it.
In this picture we see Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds gathered around the baby Jesus. The night outside is deep and dark. The scene inside the manger is shrouded in shadows, to the point that we can hardly distinguish the figures around the cradle. However, there is a bright beam of light (heavenly light) illuminating the baby Jesus. The baby shines and radiates and is clearly the center of attention.
That is as it should be. Christmas is about Jesus. Celebrating Christmas is supposed to remind us that Jesus is not just the center of attention in the nativity scene, He is the center of attention in human history. Human history is actually divided into epochs marked by the birth of Jesus, B.C. (Before Christ); and A.D. (Anno Domini, or “the year of our Lord”). So the designation “A.D.” marks the year of the birth of Christ. Recorded history leaps from the year 1 B.C. to 1 A.D. based upon the birth of Jesus.
Yes, Jesus is the center of attention. He is the center of attention as we celebrate Christmas; He is the center of attention in human history; and He should be the center of our attention in everyday life.
I encourage you to use these days of Advent, which lead us up to the celebration of the birth of our Savior, to put Jesus back into the place in your life where He is supposed to be. Make sure He is the center of your attention.