I visited a Methodist Church near our rental property on Christmas Eve. It was a small, unpretentious church with a sweet service similar to most Methodist Churches complete with communion and each worshiper lighting a candle. The pastor’s attention-grabbing sermon title was “The $49.95 Jesus.” He began by telling about his creche collection, always looking for a new, unique manger scene to purchase. He saw an almost life-size one at Hobby Lobby which would fill the window area in their living room. Each piece was individually priced. He checked a wise man; over $400! That was too pricey for his pocket. So then, he thought, just Mary, Joseph, and the Babe would be perfect for his living room. But Mary also cost over $400. He said, “I’m sorry, Mary, but I can’t afford you.” Then he checked the price on Baby Jesus. $49.95! The most precious, most sacred part of the creche was the least expensive! He reminded us that Jesus was born the poorest of the poor with only a manger for a crib. As an itinerant preacher, he looked more like a homeless man than the Son of God!
Sometimes it is the things with no value which are a priceless commodity. Children’s artwork is an example. A hug is another. God came to earth as a human baby to become our Savior. He lived his earthly life as a poor man and gave his most precious possession — his life — to redeem us from our sinful state.
The pastor ended by asking us what we are giving this Christmas. Are we giving a priceless gift to others?