The Greatest Story Ever Told
This weekend I plan on visiting the Myer Christmas windows. The windows have always been a feature in my December calendar, and I’m looking forward to once again reliving that moment of nostalgia and getting a sense that Christmas is here.
The last time I walked Bourke Street to see the festive display was perhaps the most striking – just not for the right reasons.
For those who’ve never been let me explain.
The crowds line up along the street to take in the exquisite presentation of colour, movement and sound. Each window tells a story that brings us into the wonderful world of Christmas.
Yet, in the midst of activity and enthusiasm Jesus is clearly the afterthought.
He can be found – but only in a removed and distant window. No animation. No sound. Only a few flickering lights. Like His real birth, the scene is simple and He goes unseen.
I ventured with my children to this window – a moment to centre our celebration on the true meaning of Christmas.
Here before Jesus and the three wise men my heart lifted as I noticed a small boy stop at the window with his mother and younger sister. He was enjoying the display and yet curiosity could be read on his face.
He turned to his mother and asked: “Who’s that?”
This is the perfect question. The question you must ask. The question our friends and family must ask.
I loved his question and was bursting out of my skin to respond. I took a deep breath and looked on in anticipation. The street became silent to me as I hung on his mother’s reply.
She responded: “It’s just a baby.”
And with that she turned her stroller and walked away.
I will never forget her words because they echoed in my mind and crushed my heart.
So much of me wants our world to know the beauty, truth and glory of Jesus – yet the reality is that many see Him as just another baby, just another man, just another ornament for our Christmas display.
This year you are invited to see and celebrate The Greatest Story Ever Told.
To help you, your friends, and your family experience the glory of our King, we are hosting three unique and special services on Sunday the 22nd of December. There will be photo-booths to enjoy, carols to sing, people to greet, and wonder to see – but the centrepiece will be Jesus.