“TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS”

A chorus we sing is, “turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His marvelous grace.”
How appropriate this is for Christmas. Jesus should be the center of our attention.  We must not allow anything or anyone to cause us to take our eyes off Christ and the real meaning of His birth, death and resurrection.

In 1495, Duke Ludovico of Milan asked the Florentine artist Leonardo Da Vinci to portray the dramatic scene of Jesus’ last supper with His disciples as they gathered in the upper room before His crucifixion.  The scene was to be painted upon a large wall of the dining hall at Santa Maria Delle Grazie monastery in Milan.  DaVinci, then 43 years old, agreed to take on the assignment.  Working slowly and with great care for detail, he spent three years completing the painting.  The disciples were grouped in threes, two groups on either side of the figure of Christ, who sat at the center of the table with His arms stretched before Him. In the right hand He held a wine cup, painted with marvelous realism.  At last, the painting was ready and DaVinci called in a friend to see it.
“Give me your honest opinion.” DaVinci said.
“It’s wonderful” the friend told him in open admiration.  “That cup is so real I cannot keep my eyes off it.”
DaVinci immediately took a brush and drew across the sparkling cup,  “If it affects you that way, it must not remain.” he exclaimed.  “Nothing shall distract attention from the figure of Christ.”

Christmas is here and we are in danger of losing Christ in the midst of all the celebration.  Jesus must be the center of our attention.  Jesus is the heart of our attraction.

Enjoy your Christmas but do not forget THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.  It is all about Jesus coming to earth in human flesh to seek and to save the lost..

Joann and I want to wish for you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.  Celebrate all you want to but don’t forget the meaning of Christmas.  Don’t lose sight of the love of God that sent His Son to earth in order to reconcile us to Himself.  I love all the lights at Christmas but remember that we as Christians are the light of the world.  We need to turn on the light of the life of Jesus in us so the world will see Him. TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS AND CELEBRATE THE REAL CHRISTMAS.

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