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Welcome to the special Christmas edition of abuzz. We’re deviating from our usual format to bring you a unique perspective on our favorite holiday. Hope you like it!

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Baby Jesus No Longer Away From The Manger…But Should He Be?
by Brad Lindemann, Founder/CEO

9:06 a.m. EST December 11, 2014 – Franklin, Indiana

Away in the MangerAs reported in the Indianapolis Star, when thieves returned a baby Jesus statue to the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin after five days on the lam, Director Ed Fodrea said, “The residents are very relieved to have him back.”  As was I.  At least until I got to thinking about how Christmas season images of baby Jesus could be distorting our image of God.  After all, Jesus was found wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger over two thousand years ago.  He’s moved on.  Perhaps His would be followers should follow suit?

The incarnation of God in the person of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the Christian faith.  If Jesus isn’t God in the flesh, then Christianity isn’t worth the paper all the Bibles of the world are printed on.   According to the Apostles’ Creed, Jesus ”was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary”.  According to the Bible, on the night of His birth, the angel proclaimed, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)  Yes, He was once a baby lying in a manger.  But more importantly, He was and is our Savior…Messiah…Lord.

Away in the No MangerToday, “Baby Jesus” reigns as King Jesus declaring, "Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.” (Isaiah 66:1)  No crib for a bed?  No problem:

Away with the manger, no need for a bed
The risen Lord Jesus reigns in heaven instead
The stars in the sky look up to His throne
While His siblings below prepare to go home

Here’s a stocking stuffer thought worth pondering.  Jesus is who He is regardless of what anyone thinks about Him.  And, He’s only who we want Him to be if we want Him to be who He really is.  So, who is this Jesus…really?

More than a baby, for sure.  More than a king.  He’s the King of kings, the Lord of lords and the Lord of kings.  The names ascribed to Jesus are too numerous to mention here.  But, the one that stands out among all others is that of Savior.  Because over two thousand years ago in the town of David a Savior was born to you…yes you.  And, of all the gifts under the tree, none compares to this one.  It’s free, yet priceless.  And it’s yours for the taking. Batteries and manger not included.

Merry Christmas and God’s best to you and yours in the New Year!

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One last very special gift for anyone who finds themselves less than merry this Christmas season. Perhaps much less. Borderline hopeless. Perhaps this is your first Christmas without a loved one? Maybe you find yourself or a loved one battling a serious illness, unemployment, broken relationships, financial problems or depression. The list is endless and it may find you in what Pastor Andy Stanley describes as an In The Meantime moment. If that’s you, then PLEASE watch Andy’s In The Meantime video series. You will be greatly encouraged by these messages.

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