Babe in Swaddling Clothes
Luke 2:12 "And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. "
THE CHRISTMAS NUT! This is a true story that happened a few years ago in my church. Sunday school was just let out and the little ones came filtering back up from the basement to the main church auditorium in Indian River Baptist Church. A young mother was rejoined by her two youngest. They came up to her very excited because of the cute craft they had just made in their classes. The boy was 3 and the girl 5 years old. They showed Mom the cradle manger made from a cardboard tube which had been cut in half lengthwise, turned over and the two halves stapled together. A whole peanut in the shell had been wrapped in a scrap of swaddling from paper towel and a face drawn on it. This baby Jesus was then placed in the cradle manger with some straw made from recycled junk mail. The little boy had already eaten his peanut and loudly exclaimed, “Jesus is a nut!”
Out of the mouths of infants He has perfected praise! Yes, Jesus is a nut! Who else would be crazy enough to leave the glories of Heaven and be born as a human baby with only one goal in mind: to die for the sins of the world? Who else would love me so much to suffer such shame, mockery, pain, separation, denial and betrayal ? Who but our beloved Savior would be nutty enough to become sin for me that I might be made the righteousness of God in Him? Oh, yes, Jesus did the craziest thing for me, but the most wonderful and beautiful thing that anyone ever did! Praise God for His unspeakable gift!
When you get out those special holiday mixed nuts, think of Jesus and His absolutely crazy love for you! As you put them under the pressure of the nutcracker and they burst open, meditate upon the unthinkable pressure put upon Jesus upon the Cross and of His broken Heart, Body and crushed Spirit all for you!
If you haven’t yet come to understand His once for all completed sacrifice, if you never accepted this “Christmas Nut”, will you finally make the decision right now? Receive Him as your personal Savior with the heart of a child just like the little boy who gladly ate the peanut.
“Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
Please share this message and/or photo in your cards this year, print it, forward, use it to the glory of God!
Kathie Luther* Heart Windows Ministry*