It's funny how two people can look at the same image and see two different things.
But once it's pointed out to you, you can see both!
Today, I'm having a little fun with the popular Christmas carol, Do You See What I See?
Do you see what I see?Some see: sweet little baby Jesus
I see: the Savior of the universe, Creator God, who reduced Himself to a single cell embedded in the womb of a humble virgin, that He might become as one of His subjects to live like them, to die for them, to rise again providing victory for them.
Some see: plastic figurines of nativity characters
I see: depictions of real men and a woman who lived 2000 years ago and were used by God in the incarnation of God the Son. Unlikely people who were led to participate in the event that changed the course of human history.
Some see: twinkling lights adorning houses, trees, windows
I see: images of the Light of the world, eliminating darkness bulb by precious bulb
Some see: jolly old Santas
I see: a portrayal of Bishop Nicholas of Myra, a godly man with a reputation for secret gift-giving to the poor, who worshiped Jesus with all his heart
Some see: paper wrapped gifts under the tree
I see: demonstrations of love for family and friends representing the Gift that came wrapped in swaddling clothes
Do you hear what I hear?Some hear: unlikely singers belting out holiday tunes
I hear: God’s word embedded in Christmas carols. His Word does not return void. Those unlikely singers are proclaiming the good news!
Some hear: well-wishers sharing “holiday greetings”
I hear: more opportunities to share the gospel “It is God's responsibility to make people receptive; it is our responsibility to sow the seed.” Rick Warren
Do you know what I know?Some know: that Jesus was a great teacher
Some know: he was a liar, heretic or lunatic
Some know: all about Him with knowing Him personally
I know: that Jesus is the foretold Messiah, the Savior of the world, who left His home in heaven to live a sinless life dwelling in and among His people and ultimately paying the price for their sins and mine.
I know: that my life has meaning and purpose that I never knew before
I know: that I have peace that is beyond understanding
I know: that someday, in His timing, I will go to heaven and be with Him
I know: that you can know what I know
May we see what You see.
May we hear what You say.
May we know what You share with us.