Baby Jesus theft. It’s the stealing of the newborn Christ figurine from nativity scenes, and it happens every Christmas season. Be it a teenage prank, or something more sinister, families, churches and occasionally whole communities don’t see the humor.
For instance, the citizens of Wellington, Florida had the baby Jesus stolen from their community center nativity two years in a row! But they were ready during the next Noel with a creative way to catch a crook.
For Christmas season number three, the life-size baby Jesus came with His own onboard GPS locator. Sheriff’s deputies tracked Him, when He was absconded yet again, to an apartment–where He was found lying face down on a carpet.
Tis the season once again, and the Christ child is missing. There are plenty of lights and life-size Santas and reindeer on the lawn, but where is Jesus?
Lots of people aren’t even looking for Him during this most wonderful time of the year.
But not to worry. We may not all be looking for Christmas, but Christmas is looking for us.
This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.1 John 4:10 (NIV)
Remember the first thing God said to Adam and Eve after the fall? They were hiding from Him, and He called to them:
“Where are You?”
Yes, there is a GPS (God’s Positioning Device) inside of each one of us. We have been searched and are fully known (Psalm 139).
God knows EVERYTHING about us—the good, the bad and the ugly—yet He STILL sent His son to redeem us (Romans 5:8).
You did not choose me but I chose youJesus – John 15:16a
I’ll say it again, we may not be looking for God, but He is looking for us.
People taking Christ out of Christmas doesn’t change what God did for the world. Through the gift of His son, He showed us ALL how much he loves us (John 3:16).
Yet it is a gift we must be willing to receive
The entire human race was created to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Sin has diverted the human race into another course, but it has not altered God’s purpose to the slightest degree.Oswald Chambers