I love having my house decorated for Christmas. I have my Christmas tree in our living room this year and find many mornings I begin my quiet time sitting in there with the tree lights on and nothing else. I also have a white nativity scene in the living room on my coffee table and the white lights from the tree dance off of it and almost present a glow around it. Between the two, I feel like I am sitting in the presence of the Lord almost immediately.
Last week I was sitting on the sofa ready to begin my quiet time when I felt like the Lord was drawing my eyes to the nativity. As I stared at the cradle with the light dancing around it, I asked, “What is it Lord? What do you want to show me? What do you want me to learn?” It was then I saw it…in my mind’s eye alone, but I saw it none the less. A beautiful rugged, wooden cross was at the back of the nativity scene. I felt the Lord telling me the cradle is wonderful, but it means nothing without the cross.
This Christmas season, as you and your families gather to celebrate the baby in the manger, remember the man on the cross, for it was His death on the cross and His resurrection that set us free.
KJV John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.