Recently while rummaging through the hall closet looking for a recipe book, I knocked over a photo album, spilling memories onto the floor. As I scooped up the 1980’s into my arms, I did a double take.
Wow, that’s Aaron, I thought.
Of course it wasn’t my youngest son, he wasn’t even born at the time, but it was crazy how much he looked like the 22-year-old image of myself walking across the stage to receive my college diploma. I never realized how much Aaron favored me, but at that age he was my spitting image, minus my big brown bushy hair.
As adults, more people say my boys look like their dad and that’s probably a good thing, but in their temperaments they are a good combo of both of us—kind of a Hines 57 mix.
My oldest is driven like me (which nearly drove me crazy), and my younger son is laid back like his dad.
Aaron however, is super sensitive and takes things to heart like moi, and lil’ David lets things roll off his back like his Big David.
All this to say, the boys share our genes and when people meet them, in a way they are meeting me and David. They’re getting a good look at who we are.
I know, scary isn’t it?
But it’s not so scary when your father is God.
At this time of year when we gather as family and churches to celebrate Jesus’ birth, think about this. Our Heavenly Father sent His Son Jesus in the flesh, not just to save us from our sins, He had another reason—He wanted us to really know who He is.
God doesn’t want us to merely believe in Him, He wants us to know Who it is we believe.
John 14:9 says, “Jesus answered, ‘Don’t you know me Philip, even after I have been among you for such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father,…’’’? (NIV)
Here Jesus is telling his disciple, Philip that He, indeed is God. Everything He has done in front of Philip, every miracle and merciful act has been performed by none other than God Almighty, Creator of the universe.
In the Old Testament we read of people having encounters with God, but when God sent Jesus in the form of a baby to live on this earth, to grow up and become an adult, to experience all the stuff we experience, He gave us a first hand view of His character. How God, himself would act in different situations.
Through the life of Jesus, we see that God is compassionate, forgiving, patient, slow to get angry, merciful, long-suffering, loving, joyful, full of goodness and peace, faithful, having an abundance of self-control.
Friends, this Christmas God doesn’t want us to just believe in Him.
He wants more for us.
He wants us to know Him through the person of Jesus—to have a relationship with Him, like we would our best friend.
Some people might miss seeing David and I through our kids and maybe that’s a good thing because we are far from perfection.
But don’t miss out on the miracle of Christmas…seeing the perfection of God wrapped up in His Son, Jesus.
Don’t look for a baby in a manager, look for a Mighty King who gave up everything, all His glory, all His honor. All so we could stare into His face, His life, and know Him.
Personally know God.
And that’s what makes a Christmas very merry indeed.
From my home to yours, Merry Christmas friends!