Luke 2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against.
Simeon spoke to Mary in the temple and said this child is set. Now let’s see this child as an adult.
Matthew 18:1-5 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
Christmas is for kids. This truth came home to me as I studied. Simeon held the baby. He spoke to Mary and said he was set for the fall first and then rising again of many. Simeon knew the child was the Messiah. He said he could now die because he had seen the Lord.
Thirty years later the disciples didn’t ask Jesus how to get to heaven. They were concerned about place and position like people are today. Recognition, popularity, power, and wealth are sought by the flesh. They thought heaven would be like that, but it will be completely different. We’ll all be on equal ground. Jesus looked over the crowd and saw a little child. We don’t know how old he was, but he was a kid. He thought with innocence and was immature from an adult standpoint in so many ways.
Jesus set the child in the midst. God sent his sinless son and set him in the midst of a world of sinners. They wanted to know who would be the greatest in heaven and Jesus showed them. The child wasn’t set up high but in their midst. The people beheld Jesus, the one born of a virgin—the only one to ever be born in that manner. As he sat in the midst, Jesus put this child in the midst and said except they be changed—converted—in how they think, feel, and act and become as a little child they would not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus said in another place that you must be born again. It’s not a flesh thing but a spiritual thing. There is a time for being born. God let his son be born and set him in our midst so we could have a Savior. By trusting in him we can be converted—changed—become as little children of God. The child set for us makes it possible for us to be set as children of God. Hebrews 2:10 says For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Jesus said whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. If we’re willing to receive as a child we’ll reach heaven. We must become a little child to get there. Think about the specialness of Christmas. The memories we have of Christmas when we were children is wonderful. We still have a desire for all the kids in our lives to have that. If we really want to make Christmas meaningful, become God’s child. We should humble ourselves to him. Take the example of Jesus. Become like a child. Be and do our best for the heavenly Father to make ourselves a kid.
Christmas is about the child of God. It’s about becoming the child of God and being what he wants. Let him make a kid—God’s kid—out of you this year.