I Know Him

Last week I was blessed to have my dear friend from FL, brave the WI cold and bring her son to visit us during the Christmas season. One of the evenings of their visit, we drove out to a dinner theater to see the movie Elf adapted into a play. We all love the movie and the play adaptation did not disappoint, as it included my favorite scene….

Buddy the “elf” from the North Pole is struggling to figure out where he belongs. He has discovered he isn’t actually an elf; as if being twice their height wasn’t enough evidence, he had to overhear his true roots from two whispering co-workers! In a desperate search for identity Buddy leaves the North Pole and heads to New York City to find  his human dad who to his horror is on the “naughty” list. Buddy is optimistic and excited, but he’s grossly unprepared for city life. His naivety gets him into all kinds of scrapes. Buddy doesn’t belong at the North Pole, but he doesn’t belong in New York City either.

Then one night at Macy’s he hears the announcement that Santa is coming the next day! Overwhelmed with excitement he yells, “Santa’s coming here! I know him! I know him!” and he jumps up and down like an excited kid. Buddy doesn’t know where he belongs, but he knows whom he belongs with—Santa.

Oh, the parallels in this goofy fantasy! How I relate to Buddy! Every time I see Buddy jumping up and down with joy that Santa is coming, I feel the joy welling up in my heart. And I want to cry out with equal fervor: “Jesus is coming! I know him! I know him!”

If we know Jesus, it’s no longer about us. It’s not as if Buddy wanted autographs for his status as a friend of Santa’s. He just wanted to share his joy with others. And we know Someone far more amazing than Santa, Someone real, Someone eternal, Someone who loves us far more than the best “Santa’s” ever could.

When the shepherds heard the news from the angels that a Savior had been born. They did two things—they ran to see, and they spread abroad the news. Knowing Jesus is a gift too powerful, too precious, too amazing to keep to ourselves. The shepherds knew this. Like Buddy, they jumped up and down exclaiming, “The Messiah! He’s here! We know Him.”

I can sometimes wonder where I belong. But I know for sure with whom I belong. My home is found in Him. My heart is whole in Jesus. And because of that, it leaps at the mention of his name and I’m compelled to proclaim, “He’s coming! I know Him! I know Him!” Oh that we would eagerly spread this word, sharing with others the joy of belonging in Him.

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