“He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him” (John 1:10, NLT).
The Christmas holiday is celebrated in most countries around the world. Each has its own traditions but some things are the same everywhere: gift-giving, family time and the hope of peace. One thing that should be the same but is often lost amid the decorating, baking and shopping is the true reason for the celebration.
If I had created a world of ants and wanted to communicate with them, I would need to become an ant. Our Creator entered our world and became one of us to show who he is. As a human being in every respect, Jesus showed us the Father and his love, which is so great he was willing to put himself at our mercy to communicate that love. He condescended, without the ego, pride and vanity that go along with human condescension, to come down to our level to eventually bring us up to his. He isn’t recognized today just as he wasn’t when he first came, but he is present everywhere in the name “Christmas” and in the Spirit of Christmas, which is his Spirit of love and peace.