Summary: Spencer, having been taught as a toddler that Christmas is the holiday when Christians celebrate the birth of God's Son, with the innocence of a child, he asked his mom, "Where's the line to see Jesus? (This Message was updated December 20, 2017)

For those not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four Scriptures readings proceeding the Message. Today's assigned readings are: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14 and Luke 2:1-20.

Let Us Pray.... O Heavenly Father We come to you this evening with hearts open to your transforming love.

We come seeking your will ... and for our lives to be filled to overflowing with your joy and with the Peace that passes all understanding. O' Come Holy Spirit kindle in us the fire of your love. We ask this in the name of your son Jesus the Christ. O Com, O come Emanuel. Amen

A few years ago, ... while at the mall with his mother and grandpa, ... a four-year-old boy watched as children lined up excitedly ... to see Santa Claus.

Having been taught as a toddler ... that Christmas is the holiday ... when Christians celebrate the birth of God's Son, ... with the innocence of a child, ... he asked his mom, ...... "Where's the line to see Jesus?

Overhearing, ... his grandpa was so proud that little Spencer understood the true meaning of Christmas ... at such a tender age.

But both mother and grandfather ... Becky Kelly and Steve Haut... were so struck by the profoundness of this little boy's question ... and the message inherent within it ... that they collaborated together to write and record a song ... based on the experience.

The Title appropriately is: ..... Where's the Line to See Jesus?

Out of the mouths of babes ... sometimes come profound truths ... that many adults cannot fully understand. (Pause)

On that first Christmas morning, ... the line to see Jesus was long ... shepherds and angels all gathered to see the newborn King lying in a manger. (Pause)

This past week ... as Christmas was approaching, ...impatient shoppers stood in line ... at the checkout aisles, ... children lined up to see Santa, but ... as little Spencer so poignantly asked ... where's the line to see Jesus?

Consciously ... or subconsciously, ... most people, ...this time of the year, ... are truly trying to catch a glimpse of God.

Christmas is that one time in the year ... when many make an extra effort ... to find real meaning, to find real joy ... in their lives.

This is when many people make an effort ... to look into the heart of God.

"Maybe this is the year,"

Maybe this year .... I will find real joy ... and meaning to my life."

Maybe this year I will be able to finally understand." (Pause)

Imagine the world at the time of Jesus birth. ... Imagine what Mary saw.

The world was very busy ... most people were traveling to their hometowns ... to register ... in order to be taxed by Caesar.

Mary was one of those people.

So much hustle and bustle ... everyone so very busy.

There are so many travelers, ... Mary and Joseph find no room at the Inn ... Mary gives birth to Jesus ...and lays him in a manger.

But most people really did not notice, ... most people really did not care.

It's not that people are uninterested in God.

It's just that to most people, ... a poor couple having a baby ... has nothing to do with God.

Well ...The world hasn't changed much.

There is still the hustle and bustle.

Everyone is busy.

Does that mean that people are not interested in God?

No. .... Know matter how busy you are, ... deep down ... in your very being, ... there is a desire ... to look into the heart ... of God.

Many people leave the holidays a little down, ... a little disappointed, ... and they don't know ... why.

Perhaps it's because they were looking for God, ... yet never found him ... in the places they were looking.

This evening, ... I want you to walk into Nazareth near the manger, ... and stand next to Mary, ... and see what she sees.

So ... What does Mary see?

She sees a baby,... yet she sees ... so much more.

She remembers the promises God.

And as she recalls those promises and stares into the face of that child, ... she realizes that she is staring into the heart of God.

And then the shepherds arrive, ... and they tell her ...what the angels ... had said to them.

They crowd around the manger, ...and gaze into the face of that child, ... and as they do, ...they realize that they are gazing ... into the heart of God.

And then the shepherds leave, ... and Mary ponders all these things in her heart.

Everything her world needs ... is right here.

Everything that her hustling and busting neighbors and friends could ever ask for ... is lying in the manger.

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