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SERMONETTE: Where is Jesus?

By The Rev. Carroll Torberson

Grace Baptist Church

If someone from a century ago could appear today, at this season of the year, he would probably wonder what has happened to Christmas.

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The emphases of the season vary widely from shopping, Santa Claus, office parties, lights, concerts, family gatherings and music, to Christmas programs, Christmas caroling and extra church services. What is Christmas about?

The little boy in the comic strip, frustrated that Santa Claus wouldn’t hook up with him on Skype for face-to-face negotiations about his Christmas loot, reasoned that Santa must have “forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.”

Another cartoon in the local newspaper recently caught my attention even more. The picture is of a man and a women, presumably Joseph and Mary, standing in a crude shed next to, supposedly, a manger. Outside are a couple of sheep, and overhead is what appears to be an Amazon drone dropping three packages — gold, frankincense and myrrh. I am not sure if the point of the cartoon is that Amazon drones can deliver faster than camels can, or that we are living in a more technologically advanced age, or maybe something else. But what is very evident is that there is no baby in the manger.

Maybe the message is that Amazon delivery beats the delivery of the baby. But the glaring fact is that the Christ child is nowhere to be found.

I am afraid that, for too many people who are caught up in the excitement and confusion of the season, Christ cannot be found.

In the true story in the Bible, the angels proclaimed the birth of a Savior, and the shepherds “came with haste and found, Mary, Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.” Luke 2:16.

Don’t let the season go by without finding Jesus Christ, the Savior, who came to save His people from their sins.