He humbled Himself….
The trappings of Christmas are wonderful—the colors, lights, bows, and wreaths. But too many get trapped in the trappings and miss the truth. And the truth of Christmas is far better than its trappings. The truth of Christmas is Christ.
In a sense, of course, Christmas is about us. God loved us, became flesh for us, died to forgive our sins, and rose to give us everlasting life. Christmas is the celebration of what Jesus did for us. But in return, we should make it all about Him: loving Him, serving Him, praising Him, and emulating His attitude of humility.
He humbled Himself to become human; and, in turn, Joseph and Mary put His interests before their own. The shepherds, too, put Him first. They left their flocks and bowed before Him. The Magi worshiped Him and presented Him their gifts. In the temple, the aged Anna and the venerable Simeon praised God because of Him. They gladly let Him have center place.
Let’s have ourselves a humble little Christmas. Don’t think so much of yourself today; think of Him and of others. What a great day to rededicate the remainder of your days on earth to serving Christ with a humility that transcends the holidays.
(Luke 2:1-20), Jude 1