“For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.”
If a guest walked into your house today, during the holidays, what would point them to Jesus? One of my favorite authors posed this question in a recent blog post, and I was challenged to find the answer.
My first thought, of course, was the nativity scene on the table near the front door. The Christmas scene is one of the first things you see when you come into my house. It was a gift many years ago and I have since added a few pieces, like extra shepherds and donkeys and sheep.
The nativity is the first to come out of storage when I start decorating for the holidays. I carefully place every character in its proper position. The angels hover near Mary and Joseph as they gaze at the baby in the manger. The shepherds kneel in praise. The wise men, although not present at the birth, are represented as well. The scene is complete now with all the characters that played a role the night Jesus Christ was born.
Then, I started thinking, what if I took away all the extra pieces of the scene and left only the baby in a manger? Would that help guests and family then think of only Jesus? So, I gave into my imagination. I removed every representative piece. Gone were the shepherds, and the angels. No donkeys. No cattle. Simply Jesus lying in a manger.
The scene was stark, of course, but there was only one spot for your eye to land, on Jesus. The scene focused only on baby Jesus, the reason we can celebrate Christmas.
Isn’t that all we need, just Jesus? Put all the characters back and take away Jesus, the scene is empty and without purpose. But with baby Jesus in the scene, everything changes.
Why is the baby Jesus so crucial to the nativity scene?
Jesus is the greatest gift of all time.
Without Jesus, the world has no hope. When Jesus was born, that changed. Now, we have hope, and because of Jesus, our lives can be changed. I know because He changed mine.
There was a time when I lived life as far away from Jesus as I could run. I believed in Jesus, but I was sure He couldn’t love me.
So, I made sure.
I thought He came for everyone else but not me. This is not true. He came to change the life of every person who will believe.
When I reached the point of deep despair, without hope, I could only pray.
Jesus changed everything. Now, I can’t imagine life without Him. He is the reason I have forgiveness, hope, peace, and healing.That’s why I can take away every nativity scene character piece and just have Jesus. All I need is Jesus.
All we need is Jesus.
Jesus came so that everyone who believes in Him can have eternal life.
This season, if you do not know Jesus, stop and look at the nativity scene. You will see the tiny baby Jesus. This baby was born for the one purpose, to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). He was born to give us hope and a future. He would grow into a man and, as God purposed, He would die and rise again so we can personally know God.
Jesus came to give you hope.
This Christmas, I pray you will look closer as you pass by a nativity scene. Look beyond the supporting characters. They are essential to completing the scene, but there is only one that can change your life. Look closely; you will see the greatest gift God can give.
A Savior, born in a manger. He was born that we might live.
Lord, Father, thank you for sending your one and only son. He is the greatest gift of all time. Thank you for this time of year that we can celebrate His birth. If someone is reading this that needs to know you, I pray you will offer an opportunity for that person to see the hope you give.
©2017 Tamela Turbeville
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