“Baby Jesus was stolen.” That’s what my brand new neighbor told me the other night. Every year, she puts up a city award-winning nativity display. A few years ago, someone actually came onto her lawn in the middle of the night and stole baby Jesus. The whole neighborhood couldn’t believe it. It became the hottest topic of conversation in the community. Two newspapers found out and wrote five separate articles about it. A sign was made to place on the lawn that said “Jesus was stolen.” Everyone knew about it. Everyone was talking about it. Through this incident, people were drawn to the real reason of CHRISTmas: … Jesus. What man intended for bad, God used for good.
How about you? Has anything bad happened to you this past year that you wish could be different? CHRISTmas is a season of hope. Humanity was waiting for well over 700 years for the long awaited Messiah to come to earth. A lot of pain, hurt, and frustration happened in that time. I’m sure people were wondering, “When are things going to get better?!” And then it happened. “Today, in the city of David, a Savior has been born unto you. He is Christ the LORD.” In one instance, on that holy night, Jesus came and changed everything. He brings rest to the restless, hope to the hopeless, and peace to the chaos. He is the light of the world, He is in control (of everything!), and He will never leave you or forsake you. What people intend for you to be bad, God uses for good. He loves you and is always with you!
And oh yeah, a real estate agent who saw the stolen Jesus sign, read the article in the paper, and heard about the story from a friend, actually found baby Jesus stashed up on a hill when she was driving one of her routes. Baby Jesus was returned, more talk and newspaper articles continued to flow, and all was made right. What originally sounded like such a terrible thing, became one of the biggest focuses on the real reason of CHRISTmas. And more importantly than getting Jesus back in the manger, let’s all make this CHRISTmas about letting Him live and reign in our hearts!
Merry CHRISTmas! The Carson’s