During the manger scene of the kids' Christmas presentation, one of the important pieces was missing on the set. As everyone was looking around, I noticed the bag in which this important part was hidden and went up in the stage area and retrieved it for the part. The missing piece, the baby Jesus. Now I heard it mentioned and you may have heard that the pastor found Jesus on Wednesday night, but now as Paul Harvey said it, now you know the rest of the story.
But I ask you this. In your preparations for Christmas, are you missing something? Have you found Jesus, this Christ of Christmas, who came long ago, and has promised to come again? This child that was born, the savior, the Redeemer from our sins to anyone who would believe. Make sure you have found Christ in your heart today. Accept, believe, confess and receive the blessing.
Related Text Illustrations
Contributed by Frank Gallagher on Nov 26, 2000
We’ve all read and heard these Bible verses about the shepherds before, taught by pastors and Sunday School teachers at Christmas time. We can even hear these verses on TV each year if we watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Charlie Brown spends the show as so many people do today, looking in all ...read more
Contributed by Mark Haines on Dec 8, 2000
In 1864, one of America’s great poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, wrote the poem which became the well-known carol, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. When I first heard this song, I wondered, “Why does he suddenly shift from joy at hearing the Christmas bells into such deep ...read more
Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Dec 6, 2000
In a business magazine I read, there was an article about a company, imaginary I hope, that was planning its Christmas sales campaign. The board of directors was puzzled how they could beat their competitors, then suddenly the chairman had an idea. "We’ll have a crib," he said, getting very ...read more
Contributed by James Wilson on Dec 11, 2000
Christmas shopping, though fun, can be difficult. Did you hear about the guy that bought his wife a beautiful diamond ring for Christmas? A friend of his said, "I thought she wanted one of those sporty 4-Wheel drive ...read more