By Herbert Vander Lugt
If you make room for Jesus in your heart, He will make room for you in heaven.
READ: Matthew 2:1-12
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. —Matthew 2:10
The glitter of bright decorations, the sound of joyous Christmas carols, the happy children, and the cheerful “Merry Christmas” greetings sometimes give the impression that everybody is glad that Jesus came to our planet. But that isn’t true today, and it never was.
The news of Jesus’ birth evoked a mixed reaction. The wise men joyfully welcomed and worshiped the Savior (Matthew 2:10-11). But King Herod was so troubled when he heard about it that he tried to find and kill the baby Jesus (vv.3-4,16). Most people, however, were unaware of the significance of what had happened.
Still today, multitudes honor Jesus and rejoice in their salvation. But many others hate Him. They grumble about the singing of Christmas carols in shopping malls and the display of nativity scenes in public places. Others are apathetic. They go along with the celebration of the season. They may join in singing Christmas carols, but they never ask themselves who Jesus is or why He came. They don’t think of their need to believe on Him and receive Him as their Savior.
Are you among the indifferent? To ignore Him and His claims is to reject Him. Christmas demands a decision about Christ. The choice is yours.
What will you do with Jesus?
Neutral you cannot be;
Someday your heart will be asking,
“What will He do with me?” —Simpson
(From Our Daily Bread, December 25 2003)