THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Tommy, a fourth-grader, went to school.
His dog followed him.
When the bell rang, the dog slipped in and went all the way to Tommy's room.
The teacher shoo'd him out, and closed the door.
The dog sat down outside the school and began to whimper.
Just then, Jesus came and sat beside the dog.
He patted his head and said, "Don't feel bad little fella. They won't let ME in either!"
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven,
the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem,
and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was
told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they
had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
The news holds lots of different perspectives on the Christmas Manger Scene in public places.
In some cities and towns, the scene isn't allowed, and in others it is allowed.
In some schools the main theme of Christmas plays is the birth of Christ.
But in some schools no Christmas scenes are allowed.
There's a lesson here.
The appearance of Christ in public places at Christmas (or any other time) depends upon the PEOPLE!
One purpose of knowing Christ is to TELL Christ!
The shepherds "..made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child."
They were "...praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them."
Can you imagine those shepherds being told they could not tell stories of the Christ Child in public places?
Can you imagine the wise men being told they could not share Christ in the school?
They were WITNESSES of Christ's birth.
They TOLD about it wherever they went!
If Christ has been born in our hearts, we are WITNESSES of that event!
We are to TELL about it wherever we go!
The greatest story ever told is that God became a man, born as a baby.
And Jesus grew up "..as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground.." (Isaiah 53:2)
The saddest story ever told is "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows,
and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised,
and we esteemed him not." (Isaiah 53:3)
Tell the world: CHRIST is come!