Every Christmas we see them. Tiny little figurines representing Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, the innkeeper and Oh yea, Baby Jesus to. We see the manger scenes, we hear the Christmas songs and we tell the Christmas story.
But I wonder, do you realize that these were real people. They were not plywood cutouts or ceramic figures, these were real people. They experienced fear, grief, anger, love, and joy just like you and I do.
So I wonder. What if? What if it had been you? What if, you had been Mary? A young teenage girl, who is dedicated to God she is pure, both physically and spiritually. What would you have done? Your reputation is about to be trashed, your honor questioned.
What if you had been her parents? This sort of thing wasn’t accepted then, not like it is today? According to the Law she could even be stoned. What would you do with a daughter like this?
What if you had been Joseph? People are laughing at you; people are making fun of you. And worst of all, you are thinking, “the love of my life has betrayed me!” The Bible says that Joseph was a just man. Would you be a just man? What if it, had been you?
How about the innkeeper, what would you have done if you had been the innkeeper? Oh, by the way. The Bible never mentions an innkeeper. But that doesn’t matter right now. The question is this; if there had been an innkeeper and you were him, what would you do? Would you see this little family coming and lock the door? Would you turn on the “no vacancy” sign? Would you feel a twinge in your heart, but turn away, so that you would not have to think about them? What if it had been you?
Hey, think about this. What if you were God and your most precious creation has rejected you? What would you do? They have broken your heart; they have sold themselves to the enemy. What would you do? I don’t know about you, but I would be inclined to zap the whole world. Just knock earth out of her orbit and let her fly a few million miles closer to the sun! Hey, that’s what we all deserve. But that’s not what my God did. You see we are created in His image. We are His most precious creation. He loved us so much that He Gave His only Son for us.
Now, the question is, not what if it had been you? Because it is you, when you see the manger scene, it is all about you. You are dead in your trespasses and lost in your sin. But there is a gift for you. You won’t find this Gift under a tree; the tree comes later, in the shape of a cross. You will find this Gift beautifully wrapped, in swaddling clothes, in a stable, in a manger.
You see it is about you, and the question is what are you going to do about it?
The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!