Becky Kelley's song, "Where's the Line to See Jesus?" reminds me of a story. You can view her song and video at this link, http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=OExXItDyWEY&vq=medium
"Excuse me," nine year-old Troy tapped a young mother's arm. "Is this the line to see Jesus?"
A few kids snickered. "No. This is the line for Santa." She pointed at the candy cane themed stage under a MERRY X-MAS sign. Santa gripped a squirming toddler who squealed as the camera flashed.
Why do kids wait in line and set out cookies for a fake Santa that looks more like a jolly tomato? Troy thought. It's Jesus' birthday!
"Is the line to see Jesus in the mall?" Troy gently tugged the lady's sweater.
"No, but there's a nativity scene beside the church down the street." She pointed north.
Crunch, crunch. Troy wasted no time as the cold snow slipped inside his worn sneakers. I know Jesus lives in heaven now. But if I could just see someone dressed like Him, like the Santa guys, maybe He'd seem more real.
Troy never gave much thought about why Jesus came to earth. Not until his neighbor, Mr. Langley, explained: "Our sin separates us from God because He is holy. Jesus loved us so much that He came to earth and died on the cross. He took the punishment for our sins. When we accept Jesus' gift of forgiveness and eternal life, He washes our sins away."
Troy gasped as he neared the church. Black spray paint stained the scene. A manger lay upside down. Figures toppled. Where was baby Jesus? This chilled him more than the brisk wind.
Oddly, the surrounding snow glistened in the sun, a perfect Christmas picture ruined. His eyes shifted back to the black paint. I wonder if this is how my sin looks to God? Then he remembered: Jesus came to cleanse my sins.
The wind hushed as a peace settled over Troy. Although he couldn't see Him, Troy felt Jesus calling him somewhere deep inside his soul. He remembered Mr. Langley's words about receiving Jesus' gift.
I want the real deal. Troy bowed his head. "Dear Jesus, please forgive my sins. Come live in my heart and be my Lord. Thank you." Troy couldn't wait to tell Mr. Langley. And, he didn't even have to wait in line. "This is the best gift ever!"
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