I have a nativity outside my office on a small table. as the weeks before Christmas unfold the scene begins to build, the animals are there at the stable, while the shepherds watch close by.  Mary and Joseph are in my office moving across my credenza toward the stable.  The wise men are clear across my office wending their way through the many switch backs on my book shelves.  The wise men have lots of time left.  Jesus is in the top drawer of my credenza, right next to a couple of cans of soup I keep there for quick winter meals.

Last week some of the children from our Early Childhood Center stopped by and brought me a beautiful candle they had made for me.  As they gathered outside my office they quickly noticed the nativity.   One of them asked me what it was.  I told them it was my nativity set.  He gave me a scowl and said “but there is no baby jesus?”  I explained that Jesus is still coming and I showed him Mary and Joseph on their journey.  He was not impressed with Mary and Joseph.  He was very frustrated that there was no Jesus.  He kept repeating as only a preschooler can “It hasta have baby Jesus!”

I continued to try to reason with him, to no avail.  He didn’t buy my plan.  as the class left to go on and deliver other gifts, he turned and said, “It’s not a Christmas natibity with out the baby Jesus!”

How very true…. It is not a Christmas “natibity” in fact it is not truly Christmas at all with out the baby Jesus.

May the joy of Christ’s coming into our world to take on our flesh, and to pay for our sins, fill you with great joy on this Christmas Day!

6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)