Weekly Devotionals – 21 December 2020

It’s been quite a year! No one could have predicted how things would play out when the year 2020 began. Life, as we know it, is being viewed through a very different set of lenses. I have been reminded of the above example that Jesus gave concerning the blind man on a number of occasions over the course of this year.
The Lord touched this man, but he was still unable to see clearly. Is this not true of life today? How do we see things in the light of the worldwide pandemic? Let’s be more specific. How do we view Christmas and its message concerning the Christ of hope, love, joy, and peace?
The First Advent
There were many who were looking for the promised Messiah. How was it possible for so many to have missed him? There were at least three categories of people who were privy and alert to His coming. Each of them below provides insights that will help us in having 20/20 acuity when it comes to our view of Christmas today.
1) The Shepherds (Luke 2:8-18): They saw something others missed due to their vigilance and faithful watch of their task at hand. In an obscure field, in the middle of the night, their vigilance resulted in a glorious visitation of angelic hosts. In addition, they were directed to the new-born king.
2) Simeon (Luke 2:25-35): This man had a revelation that he would see Christ, before his death (Luke 2:26). Simeon’s name means “hearing God”. 20/20 spiritual vision oftentimes requires the ability to hear and respond to what God is saying. Simeon heard about Christ, and knew that He was to be a light to the Gentiles (Luke 2:30-35). Simeon had keen prophetic insight in being able to see what the future ministry of Christ would be like. 
3) Anna (Luke 2:36-38): Anna was an aged prophetess who faithfully prayed in the temple with prayer and fasting (Luke 2:37). One would assume that Anna faced many years where not much was happening. She did not give up but pressed on in her service to the Lord. She had the vision, perseverance, and insight that others lacked. Interestingly, Anna’s name means “grace”. It took considerable grace to faithfully wait for the promised Messiah.

The Second Advent
Will this be another typical Christmas for us and our family? Which set of lenses are we using? Are we preparing for the Second Advent, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, with heightened expectation? Let us learn the lessons from those who had 20/20 vision at the time of the Lord’s birth in Bethlehem. May we be found watching and vigilant as were the shepherds. May our “ears” be open to hear and see what God is doing and saying, as was the case with Simeon. Finally, may we be found to be like Anna, who was faithful in prayer and fasting no matter the opposition and circumstances. May the grace of God be our portion that enables us to hold fast and firm in our pursuit to know Christ, and to become more like Him.
Let’s ask the Lord for a fresh touch upon our eyes – a touch that enables us to see this Christmas season and its meaning with greater clarity, and the ability to see Christmas with 20/20 vision in 2020 and beyond.