Putting Jesus Back In His Box?

It’s a scene multiplied by the millions all over the world

4552110918_10918e0b90_zA 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…

7 Comments

  • Johna Walsh says:

    Len, some very interesting points. Honestly though – Jesus isn’t a a figurine and He’s never going to fit in a box. Figuratively, we do put Jesus in boxes. Mental and emotional boxes where we keep Him until we need Him. That’s even sadder than packing a figurine away in a box. I like your message. Keep it out there – don’t put it a box. – Johna

    • Len Allen says:

      Thanks for the good comments, Johna. Isn’t it amazing how many of us try to put a person who is infinite into a tiny little box so we’re more comfortable? I appreciate you sharing your thoughts… like my blog title suggests. I’ve been thinking… and it’s a blessing that my points help my readers “think about” things in a new way.
      Good thoughts.

  • I read this to my husband. We just loved this. I’d like to add this to my new web-site. I am still trying to learn how to handle Word Press. God was truly in this beautiful outreach of yours. May many lost souls be touched by His Holy Spirit this day as they read.

    • Len Allen says:

      Thank you for the kind comments.
      E-mail me the details of what you have it mind… (see contact info)
      Hope we can link up.

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  • Great post Len. I believe this will help many place The True Reason for the holiday season back into the proper perspective. God Bless.

    • Len Allen says:

      Thanks for the comment Richard… and for subscribing to my future blogs.
      On all my blogs I try to get us to “re-think” our perspectives on living as believers in a fallen world. Too often our culture effects the way we think about ourselves, our lives, and even our Lord.
      I appreciate your reads – and your comments.
      Keep them coming.

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