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The Case of the Missing Baby Luke 2:1-14(15-20)

The Case of the Missing Baby

Special Installment: Christmas Eve

Sometimes we don’t intend to lose Jesus; we just do.


Homiletics Editor Timothy Merrill tells the story of a very special nativity scene that was delivered — without a baby Jesus.



For material based on today’s OT text, see “Jesus — The Lion and the Lamb,” December 25, 1994, at


It’s very difficult to get through the Advent season without seeing a nativity scene. We no longer see these on the courthouse lawn, but we’re likely to see such scenes in shopping malls, in the homes of our friends or on the lawns of our neighbors. (If a nativity scene has been constructed or placed on display in the church you serve, you can mention it here

Such scenes can be found all over the world. Some nativity scenes are huge. Others are small enough to fit on the mantel in the living room. The figures in these Christmas crèches might be made from olive wood, alabaster, banana leaves, soapstone, marble, cedar, terra cotta or...

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