Christmas – Little Guy in the Eye

Christmas – Little Guy in the Eye

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Christmas is a holiday which reminds mankind of the birth of our Savior and displays the “little guy in the Eye” imagery to the world as the world remembers Christ as an infant.  The English word ‘baby’ comes from the Hebrew בבה ‘baba’ which means the pupil, the apple of one’s eyes.   Interestingly, the English word hug (as in holding a baby in your arms) traces back to the Hebrew word חג ‘chag’ which is translated as feast/holiday but literally means to encircle as in the embrace of two people in a hug.

When we hold our children in our arms at the bosom, it is the perfect distance to see our faces in their pupils.  This is the relationship our Heavenly Father desires to have with us (Psalm 17:8; Zechariah 2:8; Psalm 27:8).  God associates redeeming His people from Egypt as gathering them under the shadow of His Wings where they appeared as the “little guy in His Eye” (Deuteronomy 32:9-11).  The Egyptian redemption was a type/shadow of the redemption of mankind through Christ which was proclaimed at His birth (Luke 1:69-75; 2:10-11, 25-32).

Psalm 17:7-8 also links the salvation that comes through God’s Right Hand (Christ – Isaiah 63:5-8; 52:10; 53:1; Psalm 44:3; 98:1-3; 118:14-16) to this state of being a little guy in His Eye (Psalm 17:7-8).

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Christmas celebrates the birth of the Lord and recalls the shepherds and wise men who came to seek His face as well as the imagery of the infant Christ being held in the arms of His parents.  They came to seek the face of the Lord their Savior which we are to do as well (1 Chronicles 16:11; John 6:40; Hebrews 12:2).

Joh 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

The imagery of the infant Christ in the arms of His parents reminds us of the love we feel for our children when we hold them in our arms.  It is a taste of the love of God that He desires us to walk in.

Seeking the Face of God (Jesus) leads us to love as He does (John 15:12).  This is the essence of being a “little guy in the Eye”. Love. Walking in close relationship with God who is love (1 John 4:8) and extending that love to our fellow man (1 John 4:12). Its not about religion or doctrine, its about relationship with the Most High. Each one of us must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling as God works through us according to His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). If we keep focused on Him and not on religion He will be able to transform us from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18) until we are formed into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29).

The Holy Scriptures speak of the Word of God being the apple of our eye (Proverbs 7:2).  When we look into the “eyes of God” we see ourselves, when He looks into our eyes He sees the Word, Himself.  The ultimate goal of walking with God is that at the end of our journey we will look into His eyes and see the Word as well, His image being formed in and through us.  To accomplish this, our eyes should be on Jesus, the Word made flesh (John 1:1)…the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).Heb 12:2  Looking {ἀφοράω ‘aphoraō’ – fix eyes upon} unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Scripture speaks of Jesus as the “Face” of God, His Image (Psalm 44:3; 42:5; Hebrews 1:1-3; John 14:7-9; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6; Colossians 1:12-20; John 17:21-23).  To be a little guy in the Eye of God is to look unto Jesus.

God loves us (John 3:16) and wants us to reciprocate that love to Him and to our fellow man (Matthew 22:37-40).  Its very simple (2 Corinthians 11:3), yet impossible to realize in our carnal flesh (Romans 7:18).  As a result, we must rely completely and totally on faith in Jesus Christ (Luke 14:26, 33; Philippians 3:7-8).  Each person must make the choice to come to Him in sincerity/simplicity of heart (2 Corinthians 11:3; 2 Corinthians 1:12) with complete faith/reliance in Him, forsaking our knowledge, power and positions in life.  To be a little guy/little girl in the Eye of God, one must be converted as a child (Matthew 18:3), likened to a babe in the bosom of their parents.

Eph 5:1  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

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