John 15:9-17

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Cross-Eyed Christmas

Christmas

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13

Have you ever wondered why we can't focus on two different objects at the same time? After all, we have two eyes, we ought to be able to look at two different things at once. Many animals have this ability. The simple answer is that humans have eyes that are relatively close together in the front of our heads and therefore we are very good at depth perception and locating things with our eyes. This is because we are hunter-gatherers, which basically means we are more often hunters than the prey. Eyes in the front of our heads allow us to stalk and hunt our prey effectively. We were created with our eyes “yoked” together, and process known as conjugate eye movement. What we are actually able to see is where our left and right visual fields overlap; this is also referred to as binocular vision and is responsible for visual processes such as depth perception.

In a similar spiritual visionary process, it is also impossible to comprehend the love of Jesus at Christmas by only looking at Jesus in a manger without looking at Jesus on the cross. The two events are eternally connected. The overlapping of the two scenes is what enables us to see the depth of God's love for us. Once we are able to grasp the love of Jesus on the cross and in the manger, we can more effectively share that love with others.