My family and I have been reviewing a Christmas story, just in time for the holidays. If He Had Not Come was originally written by Nan F. Weeks in 1938. Now it has been updated and reintroduced by David Nicholson.
Have you ever taken the time to think about what life might have been like for you if Jesus had never been born? Often, we think about the major impact that Jesus had. I mean, without Him, we would still be living in darkness and sin, and we know it. But what about the “minor” things? What about the way believing in Jesus changes the everyday actions of the people around us? What about how His impact changes our own decisions and actions? How would things be different if there had been no Jesus?
This simple, poignant story explores the impact on one young boy’s life when he gets a glimpse into how his life would have been different if Jesus had never been born. Bobby steps into a world that has never been touched by the selfless love of Jesus. He finds that there are many things he took for granted that were actually the result of ordinary people spreading the same kindness that Jesus showed to them. If Jesus had never come, these people would never have been impacted by Him. If they had never been impacted by Him, they would never have impacted others. Bobby finds a very different world than the one he has known.
If you are concerned about the commercial nature that our Christmas celebrations often take, or the entitlement mentality our kids sometimes have about Christmas and Christmas gifts, this book may give your family something to think about. As Bobby explores his world without the impact that Jesus made, he realizes that Christmas isn’t about the presents under the tree, but the ultimate Gift of the life of Jesus. As you and your family explore that Jesus-less world with Bobby, you will have the opportunity to re-evaluate the meaning behind the celebration of Christmas. It just might change the way you celebrate.