‘You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.’ Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV
Notice where the wise men can’t find Christ: in the business world. Every motel in Bethlehem was sold out with a ‘No vacancy’ sign. Not much has changed, eh? Thirty percent of all retail sales in department stores take place over the Christmas-time holidays. Fifty percent of all parties are held during Christmas and New Year. One out of every ten litres of alcohol is sold then too. Clearly, Jesus is good for business. The trouble is, we prefer the myth to the Master. We want a Santa but not a Saviour. We want the fairy tale but not the fact. What fact? That Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). The story’s told of a child who was chosen to play the innkeeper in the Christmas nativity, telling Mary and Joseph that there was no room for them at the inn. But on the night of the big event, he stood onstage, looked into the faces of the audience, froze in fear, then smiled and announced, ‘I’m not supposed to do this, but come on in anyway!’ The hymnist wrote, ‘Room for pleasure, room for business, but for Christ the crucified; not a place that He can enter, in the heart for which He died.’ Instead of ending this Christmas exhausted, disappointed, and in debt, invite Jesus into your life. You may be looking back with regret on some bad decisions you’ve made this year, but making Jesus your Lord and Saviour this Christmas is the best decision you’ll ever make.
SoulFood: Job 24-28, John 1:6-18, Ps 113, Ecc 10:10-14
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2013
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