I heard a story recently about a family and their yearly nativity scene tradition. A lot of us set-up manger scenes, but this family added a twist that really made me think about the meaning of Christmas.
The dad explained how setting up the nativity had become so ordinary that the characters in the scene were no longer extraordinary.
To make the kids more aware of what the scene meant, he plucked the baby Jesus right out of the manger and hid him.
The kids immediately realized something was wrong. They thought somebody had stolen the baby, but Dad reassured them, the baby was somewhere in the house, but they would have to search for him.
He wanted his kids to be on the look out for Jesus.
And that’s what people did before the birth of Jesus. They watched out for him.
Years before Christ was born, the prophets of the Old Testament prophesied to God’s people, a Savior is coming, be on the look out. In other words, watch for Him. Prepare for Him. Be ready to find Him.
They watched out because they had been missing out.
Missing out on an ongoing relationship with a perfect God. Man and God, separated by an eternity of sin, were eternally separated.
Until, Christmas made the difference.
Jesus made the difference.
God brought heaven to earth so that He could take earth back to heaven.
God entered our world so we could enter His.
Because of Christmas, instead of being separated by eternity, we can become part of it.
Because of Christmas we no longer have to search for Jesus, He searches for us. We only have to answer.
He says,” Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks, we only need to open the door and let Him in. And He doesn’t come empty-handed, after all it’s Christmas. His gift? It’s a good one, -forever, with Him.