When our daughter was a toddler my parents bought her a nativity set, it was made of resin which made it perfect for her to play with. Each Christmas the little figures
are taken out of our decorations box, placed in front of the fire and my daughter would play with them for hours each day, until on the twelfth day they were placed
back in there box along with all the baubles and fairy lights. The set gave her many many hours of fun over the years, using it to act out the nativity story or just
playing mummies and daddies with them. She must have been around six when a mystery happened to her nativity set that we have never explained. In the January the set was boxed and put away for the summer as normal but when we unpacked the set in December and pulled out each figure one was missing, the baby Jesus in his cradle had gone. We had no idea what could have happened to it. I was sure the complete set had been packed away and searched through the whole box of baubles but could not find the baby figure anywhere.
Now you might think that having the main character in the nativity story missing would spoil the set but for my daughter the missing baby made no difference at all, she still spent hours playing with the figures and hardly seemed to give the missing baby a second thought. To her the figure of the Jesus was not important, she was perfectly happy playing without him.
I think we would all agree that even though my daughter still enjoyed her nativity set, that having the baby Jesus missing means the set really loses the point of Christmas. Like our nativity set for so many people the whole point of Christmas is missing. They are celebrating Christmas without Jesus. Like in my daughter’s game, for many Jesus is not important – they have a perfectly happy Christmas without Him.
Christmas is a celebration of Jesus birth, a moment in history when God’s son came down to earth as a baby and lived among us. For millions of people Jesus Christ has become their Saviour and takes centre place at Christmas and in their lives. If Jesus is missing from your life can I ask you to just stop for a moment and think of my daughter’s nativity set and make a decision, are you going to continue celebrating Christmas with the most important part missing or place Jesus at the centre of your Christmas this year?
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believed in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.