One of my favorite Christmas stories is about a family who purchased a nativity set at a local store. When they got home, they discovered they had two figurines of baby Jesus. Obviously when it was wrapped at the store, someone had mistakenly given them an extra Jesus. The mother quickly realized this meant someone would purchase a nativity set that was missing the baby Jesus. So she sent her husband back to the store to put up a cardboard sign that said, “Missing Jesus? Call ________.” Each time the phone rang the mother just knew it was someone calling for the missing baby Jesus. But no one called. Then on Christmas Eve the call she was waiting for finally came. But it wasn’t from someone who was missing the baby Jesus from a nativity set. The call came from someone who was just missing Jesus. And that Christmas Eve, the family who had two baby Jesus figurines spent their evening feeding, clothing, and loving a mother and two children who thought they were all alone in the world.
I can’t even imagine a Christmas without Jesus. So on this Christmas Day, as we conclude our annual “Twelve Days of Christmas” devotions, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas where Jesus is present in every thought, in every word, and in every deed.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. (Colossians 1:15-16)