Guess who's comming to
by Ken Ellis
Let's suppose for a moment that Jesus just heard that on Earth
they were planning a big birthday party for him and he was just so
curious that He decided to come and check it out...
Let's suppose Jesus arrived at Palm Beach International Airport,
Angel Airlines - of course.
As Jesus was walking through the terminal, He was amazed at the
crowds. "Are all these people going to my birthday party?" he
wondered. "They're all in such a hurry, but they don't seem to be
in much of a party spirit."
Then, He heard someone call His name "Jesus Christ!" "Oh boy!
Someone has recognized me. I'll go greet them!" he thought. But
when Jesus got to the man who had called, rather yelled His name,
He realized that the man had not recognized him. In fact, the man
had no idea who Jesus is. The man had just been told his family's
flight was going to be two hours late and he was yelling at the
young lady behind the counter. Jesus was hurt to hear the man use
His name in vain.
I don't think this is where my birthday party is, Jesus thought.
So he sadly left the Airport and proceeded on to try to find the
As Jesus went throughout the city, he saw many people entering
stores. Maybe they are going there to prepare for the party, he
thought, so he went in to one of the stores. The sign on the store
read "Toys-R-Us". At first, he thought, maybe they are buying me
gifts for my birthday. But then he saw the things in the store and
realized that he would have little need for any of this
A young couple in aisle 10 caught his eye. He saw them carefully
looking over all the things on the shelves. He listened to them
and realized that they were looking for a gift for their daughter
whom they loved very much. They looked until they found a baby
doll. It reminded Jesus of what he looked like when he was born in
Bethlehem. Jesus thought "what a nice gift to give their
daughter". I think I like the idea of giving gifts to the children
that remind them of me in celebration of my birthday. This is very
Then Jesus saw someone else looking over the things in another
aisle. Apparently, he was selecting a gift for his little boy.
Jesus wondered what the man would select. Would he select that
white and woolly stuffed lamb? It looked so adorable. It reminded
him of the stable where he was born. Maybe he would select that
big stiffed camel. It looked a little silly, but still, it was a
nice reminder of the time when Jesus was born. But the man walked
right past these gifts without even glancing at them. He went to a
display of thin rectangular boxes with strange pictures on them.
After just a moment of looking, he picked up this ugly box with
the word DOOM written in big letters. Jesus thought to himself, is
this a gift for a child? Jesus was puzzled. He sadly left the
Jesus decided to follow the first couple, the ones who had bought
the baby doll as they went home. He followed them to their
neighborhood. It was evening by now and as he passed through their
neighborhood, he noticed that many of the houses were decorated
with lights, some with white lights, and some with colored lights.
Jesus thought it was very pretty. He wondered if these lights were
decorations for his birthday party. Did the white lights stand for
purity and the colored lights represent the colors of God's
One of the houses had "Seasons Greetings" spelled out in lights.
Another had a sign that read "Happy Holidays", still another had
"HoHoHo" written in lights on their roof. All this confused Jesus.
The signs were so vague, they gave no hint who the party was for.
He had expected to see signs saying "Happy Birthday Jesus" or "We
Love you, Jesus!" Maybe he was in the wrong place. Maybe this
isn't where his birthday party is to be.
As Jesus came to the house where the couple lived, he was pleased
to see that it too was decorated with many lights. There was a
sign on the door that read "Merry Christmas". This brought a smile
to Jesus' face. Jesus felt like he was welcome here, so he went
inside the house. He was surprised to see a tree standing in one
corner of the living room. It too was beautifully decorated with
lights. Jesus saw that there was a star on the top of the tree. It
looked like the star that had lead the shepherds and wise men to
his birth place. He saw some Angel ornaments near the top of the
tree. This brought a smile to his face, remembering the Hosts of
Heavenly Angels who had sung when he was born. There were also
tiny musical instruments hanging on the tree, a harp, a horn, and
a drum. Jesus thought maybe this tree is decorated to remind the
family of him.
As he drew closer to the tree, he saw the other ornaments. There
were colorful balls and glittery tinsel. A miniature nativity set
caught his eye. He saw some hand made ornaments with names written
on them. These were the names of their children. Jesus realized
that the children had made these ornaments themselves and he was
Jesus decided to visit some of the other homes in the
neighborhood. Many of these homes had a tree in the living room,
decorated with lights and ornaments. Jesus took a closer look at
one of the trees. As he looked at the ornaments, he found it hard
to understand how these ornaments could remind the family of his
birthday. The ornaments included a ball in the shape of Mickey
Mouse, another decoration that said Coca Cola, and a fierce ugly
character they called Taz. Many of the homes displayed pictures of
some old man they called Santa Clause, but there weren't any
pictures of Jesus. Jesus thought maybe he had come to the wrong
Jesus decided to search further. He came to what seemed to be a
church. He decided to go inside. Apparently, they were in the
middle of a church service. They were singing songs, and the songs
were about Jesus birth. Jesus hoped he had finally found his
Birthday Party. But where were all the people? There were so few
people here. It wasn't like the airport or the stores where there
were so many people.
Still, somehow, this seemed more like a birthday party. They had
finished singing now, and the pastor said it was time to bring the
presents forward for Jesus. Jesus just watched. Someone brought a
song, another brought a dance, someone else a poem, and a story.
Each gift was a celebration of Jesus birthday. Each gift brought a
smile to Jesus face and a tear of joy to his eye. Jesus decided to