It’s a scene multiplied by the millions all over the world
A family is taking down all the Christmas decorations. The tree has been taken out, the ornaments have been packed, and the house is getting back to normal. One of the last things to draw the family’s attention is the creche. The angel, the wise men, Joseph and Mary all get packed away. The animals are wrapped up and stored. Then, during the packing process the mom wraps a figure, hands it to her child and says with a smile,
“Put Jesus back in His box.”
I’ve been thinking that this is precisely what happens in the lives of millions upon millions of us in today’s culture. The holiday festivities are enjoyed; there’s an annual trek to a local church, songs mentioning Jesus as the joy of the whole earth are sung, hummed, and soon considered “out of season.” Then it’s time to put Jesus back in His box. We wrap the baby Jesus up in the idea of religious tradition and put Him back in a box of indifference.
But Jesus Christ is not some little plaster statue. He is the eternal God almighty. The Apostle John puts it this way,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. John 1:1–4
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Before you put Jesus back in His box and forget about Him for another year, you might want to consider who He really is.
Jesus is God who came to earth to die for your sins and mine. But, He didn’t just stop at dying for our sins. He rose from the dead to promise that same resurrection and eternal life to any and all who believe in Him.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. John 1:12
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
Jesus Christ is the same God you ask for help when you’re in trouble, the God you cry out to in times of disease or catastrophe. But He doesn’t answer – because you have Him put away in a little box of indifference until the holidays roll around one more time.
Let Christ out of the box
Tell Him you want Him to come into your life as the Lord God He is. Ask Him to take over your life and make you the kind of person you can be. He’s God, He can handle the job. To see what this kind of prayer is all about just go to this link for a simple one-page explanation: The Navigators
The simple prayer, found on the link above, changed my life and brought Jesus out of His box for me.
Just consider if you had a friend who had volunteered to die on your behalf. Would you spend a couple weeks with him then say, “Your season is over, get back to your box.” Of course you wouldn’t. You would want to spend the maximum amount of time with that friend. Why don’t you feel that way about Jesus?
Think about it…