The $49.95 Jesus

MVC-002S_mangerI 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?

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About 9awalsh

A genealogist and writer who has uncovered legacy stories which must be told. I also write a blog, Deciphering Life, trying to figure out why life becomes so tangled -- www.9awalsh.wordpress.com
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2 Responses to The $49.95 Jesus

  1. mpschrauwers says:

    So glad you made it to church! Hugs are a life line for me. Merry Christmas!

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  2. 9awalsh says:

    Christmas ((((HUGS)))))) to you and your family!

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