Here’s a newsflash: Jesus isn’t in the manger anymore; He is not in Bethlehem anymore; He is not in Jerusalem; He is not on the cross; He is not in the grave; He is not at the mall. So where is He? If you cannot find Him, then you have been looking in the wrong places.
Jesus transcends Christmas, although Christmas is a celebration of His birth. He transcends Easter, though on this day we commemorate His Resurrection. He transcends classes, though He was a Jew by birth and a carpenter by trade. He transcends denominations, although most Christian denominations acknowledge Him as the King and Savior of the world. Such greatness and transcendence begs the question, who is this King?
If we would know this King, we must search for Him with the diligence of the wise men — and He will be found. The Christ of Christmas and Easter is found written in the pages of Scripture and in the lives of believers who follow Him. Open your Bible to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and you will see Him. Examine the lives of His followers, and they will tell you why He is more than the Figurehead of a religion; He is more than a great Teacher; He is more than a Prophet. He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. One of Christ’s followers has stated, “Look for Christ, and you will find Him — and everything else thrown in.” Have you been looking for Him?
This Christmas, I challenge you to look beyond the tinsel, glitter, holly, ivy, and wrapping paper to Jesus. He isn’t in the manger; He isn’t on the cross; He isn’t in the grave. He’s alive and at the right hand of God, ready to save you if you put your trust in the payment He made for your sins on the cross. When you seek Him, you will find Him — and everything else thrown in.
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Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.