A late Christmas gift can be perfect. With so many families there are only twenty-four hours in the day. Many families have to divide time between family and friends. I remember growing up, that late Christmas gift was something to look forward too! Simeon saw Jesus, a late Christmas gift, and praised God for it.
In the prophesy God sees his people as a small child that he would do anything for. No matter what, God’s people strayed away from him. In his last effort he sends his son to call his people home. This Christmas hear God’s call to you, “Come home!”
How far would you travel to church? Jesus traveled with his family to Jerusalem for the festivals like every other Jew. We don’t know much about Jesus as a boy, but in this account we hear how Jesus made his way to his Father’s house – not just to worship – but to keep the Law for us.
The wonder of Christmas is on full display this year as we sing with the angels, stand in awe with the shepherds, and look on with love next to Mary. That special feeling that comes with Christmas and all of it’s trappings is an empty emotion without the theology of the Christ Child. God took on human flesh for one purpose. That purpose was your salvation.