The Missing Piece
One of my favorite decorations at Christmas is the Nativity scene. In our generation (the 60 plus year olds) the Nativity scene in church yards, the courthouse yards, neighborhoods, even in school yards it was not unusual to see. After all, Christmas is a recognized holiday that observes the Birth of Christ Jesus. Numerous stories and plays, even musicals, have been written to honor the birth of Christ.
Several years ago a friend gave me a die cut Nativity scene. It fans out but stores flat. Somehow with packing Christmas for storage it now has a missing piece. Yes, it is the baby in the manger. Without the baby, there is no birthday to celebrate. The missing piece has become significant to me this year. It demonstrates what so many people do. They decorate trees, purchase fine gifts, sing songs about Santa and snow—but Jesus is missing.
There are other significant times in Scripture that Jesus is missing!
Jesus was missing when Joseph and Mary traveled back to Nazareth when Jesus was 12 years old.
Jesus was missing when the disciples were terrified in the storm on the Sea of Galilee and he came to them walking on the water.
Mary and Martha fretted when their brother Lazarus was sick and Jesus came four days later; Lazarus was dead but Jesus raised him back to life.
Jesus was missing from the tomb on Easter morning when the women went to the tomb. He had risen and now is preparing places for Believers in Heaven.
Challenge: Jesus is never missing. He is always under control and never late even though WE might think so. Remember this: Jesus loves you with an everlasting love. His love is unconditional. We might “miss” Jesus by our decisions, but His desire is for all to believe in Him and then know the assurance of that wonderful place called Heaven
The most important place to store the Nativity Scene in in one’s heart.