Out Of The Mouth Of Babes

December 8, 2016
by Robin Ross

Matthew 13:45-46 – Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it! (NLT)

Last summer, my daughter, her husband and their young family travelled through Washington State, USA, on their way to Yellowstone Park. They stopped in a little Bavarian-themed town called Leavenworth, to look around. One of the stores was a year-round Christmas store. Some of the items that they noticed for sale were life-sized figures that were part of a nativity scene. Some of the characters were priced as high as $1,600. In the manger was a figure of the Baby Jesus, priced at $250. My grandson, Aydan, aged seven, remarked rather disgustedly, "Baby Jesus should be the most expensive figure of all!" Out of the mouth of babes!

But what if the conversation with the shopkeeper had continued like this?

"Yes, son, Baby Jesus should be the most expensive figure. How much do you think that Jesus should be worth?"

"Well, a lot more than $250!"

"Is He worth more to you than your Nintendo 2DS?"

"Yes, for sure!" replied Aydan.

"How 'bout your cats, Khloe, Carmello, and Ginger?"

Aydan took a deep breath. "I guess so!" he offered.

"And your brother Joshua, and your sister Kianna — and your Mom and Dad?"

There was a long pause as Aydan gazed at his family and then down at his own feet. Without looking up, he whispered softly, "That's very expensive, sir, but I believe that Jesus is worth everything!"

"Are we agreed on the price, then?" asked the shopkeeper gently.

Still without looking up, Aydan sniffled, "Yes, we are."

Cradling the Baby Jesus figure in his arms, the shopkeeper continued, "All right then, now that we are agreed, here is the priceless Baby Jesus. I give Him to you as my free gift!"

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)

How much is Jesus worth to you? It cost Him His life to pay the penalty for our sin. Isn't having forgiveness for our sin, a relationship with God, and a home with Him in heaven worth everything we have and are?

Prayer: Lord, forbid that we should ever take for granted Your sacrifice for us. Thanks be to You for Your indescribable gift! Amen.

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Robin Ross <rross@telus.net>
Mission, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Perfect, Robin.

    Wow! That’s powerful.

    What a powerful message!

    Whoa, good one! Very affecting.

    Well done, thou good and faithful servant.

    Thanks Robin, worth every bit of the cost is our Jesus.

    Timely and beautiful story Robin. Thanks for your hard work.

    This is a most striking illustration of both grace and faith. Thank you very much.

    Nice devotion, Robin,

    Thanks. That’s a wonderful reminder!

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
    Christmas blessings to you and your family.

    Super Robin, as always.
    Have a joyful Christmas and thanks for all your help in 2016.

    Thanks Robin for sharing your thoughts with us. Yes, may we always hold the sacrifice of Jesus close to our hearts. Blessings.

    What a great illustration of how much Jesus is worth! There’s nothing that can compare to His great love for us. Have a blessed Christmas.

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful story. So true about our grandchildren’s words coming from their hearts. Is this the part where it says: and a little child shall lead them?

    What a wonderful way you’ve reminded us all of the priceless Gift!
    All the best to you, Evelyn and all your family at Christmas and always!
    Thanks be to God for your grandson!

    Thank you for restoring delivery to our Rogers accounts. I subscribed using my gmail account yesterday and today received two devotionals, along with the ones we have missed. Your work is greatly appreciated.

    Hi Mr. Ross
    I enjoyed reading your devotional this morning. Indeed, we should never take Jesus’ sacrifice for granted.

    Hi Robin,
    A beautiful message today!
    I loved it!
    Thank you, and may God bless you and your family this Christmas season.

    Hi Robin
    Thanks for this week’s Childrens’ Story! We do a special program on the second Sunday of December. This will fit in well!

    Thank you for sharing this story from Leavenworth Robin. Ayden will remember this happening forever. As I was reading I was also thinking, “out of the mouths of babes”, and was also thinking “and a little child shall lead them”. This was a great Christmas story. Merry Christmas Robin.

    Dear Robin,
    I want to thank you for your devotion message today. I am deeply touched and I’ll continue to think about it today. God is blessing you with a gift and I hope you will continue to to share with us. I am nearly 86 and the Lord Jesus is growing more precious to me daily. I’ve been to Leavenworth so I could picture your scene.
    Thank you,
    Merry Christmas.

    Dear Pastor Robin,
    Thank you for your devotion today about the pricelessness of Jesus.
    Many of us at church subscribe to this daily devotion. We are grateful to you for your initiating and overseeing it.
    I very often copy down the “Food for Thought” in my special journal and share them with others. Others listen to it on their iPhones.
    Praise the Lord.
    Christmas Blessings to you and all your family.

    Dear Robin:
    It must gladden your heart beyond measure, to know that the Holy Spirit has revealed the worth of Jesus to your 7-year old grandson!
    It reminded me of something I saw on FaceBook — a little boy said, “God is the very best Santa because He gave us the very best present, Jesus!” I don’t remember not knowing Jesus was in my heart. I am close to 74 years old and can barely wait to see Him face-to-face!
    Enjoy celebrating His birth.

    Christmas Greetings,
    I love your story/devotional today and what a precious story. Your grandson really knows the Lord in a very special way only a child can. Since I am have been to Leavenworth, the story means even more to me. Your grandson has learned well from his family and Sunday School teachers, and may he never lose and walk away from what he has learned as so many young people do. May he and his siblings cherish what happened on that day the man gave him the baby as a free gift. Jesus gave his life and rose again for our free salvation.
    May the Lord bless you and your family as you celebrate the birth of that baby Jesus. A tradition of our family was to go to church on Christmas Eve. Afterwards we gathered around the Christmas tree and their Daddy would read the Christmas story, talk a little about it, say a prayer, then off to bed. They learned very early who Santa was but Jesus always came first.

    Beautifully written. A good parable. Thank you.

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