Christmas introduces us to God …

I was excited! I was full of anticipation! But I was also a little apprehensive.

It was summertime in Arizona, I would be starting third grade in the fall, and during this break in the school year I was about to experience an unusual visit.

A visit from my grandparents.

I had never met my mother’s parents. Well, I may have as a newborn, so I didn’t know them. My mother was telling us about them to prepare us for their visit, and I heard that my grandpa was quite the guy.

Boy was he!

We “clicked” immediately, as he was always telling me corny jokes and making me laugh. He was a kind man and I liked him.

That one visit was all the interaction I had with him, but I learned a lot about him. He was a simple man from Arkansas who usually wore denim overalls, a cheap straw hat, and carried an inexpensive Timex pocket watch on a chain that had a large safety pin on the end that he used to attach the watch to his clothing.

My grandpa and I connected enough in that short time together that when he died, my grandma passed his pocket watch on to me.

That trip he made across the country introduced me to a great man. His coming into my life allowed me to get to know him beyond the stories my mom would sometimes tell. That single visit provided the opportunity for me to have a personal relationship with my grandpa.

Christmas introduces us to God.

The trip Jesus made from heaven to earth introduced us to someone who was more than a great man, but God in the flesh, “God with us.” That single visit provided the opportunity for us to have a personal relationship with our Creator and get to know Him more intimately and understand what He is like …

“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son,” John 1:14.

Christmas offers the opportunity for a deeper relationship with God, one that will provide for our getting to know Him intimately. If you don’t know God, this Christmas season is the perfect time to get to know Him personally.