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Stealing Baby Jesus

Christmas Jesus, Savior Persecution

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-12-24

Scripture: John 1:5 ; Matthew 28:20

Author: Illustration Exchange


Efforts to scrub Christianity from our culture, even our history are growing exponentially in this post-Christian era. Nowhere is this more evident than in the ever widening epidemic of the vandalizing and theft of Christmas Nativity scenes, specifically the theft of Baby Jesus. Just look at these recent headlines.

- Vintage Baby Jesus, other nativity props stolen from Alexander County church

- Grinch Strikes Again, Baby Jesus is Missing – Again!

- Stolen Baby Jesus returned to local restaurant’s Nativity scene

- Surprising number of people stealing baby Jesus from nativity scene

- Baby Jesus stolen from nativity scene in Solihull

- Statue of baby Jesus stolen from Grosse Pointe Farms church's nativity display

And here’s a particularly sad one …

- "So Much Hatred': Vandals Smash Ancient Church's Nativity Scene, Decapitate Joseph Figurine in      'Barbaric' Attack

Then there’s this one which went viral just this week, as the thieves were caught on camera absconding with the the Christ child figurine …

- Man Runs Off With Baby Jesus Stolen From Sundance Square Nativity Scene

Some people are are giving up and just not putting out their annual displays. Others are looking for a solution, and even for protection. As one news station has reported:

As Christmas approaches, many people are looking for divine intervention, or in some cases insurance to prevent more trouble in Bethlehem. "There is a company that will insure your manger set.  There's a company that has a special ‘baby Jesus’ rider for churches and for stores,” said Pastor James Carney of Seattle Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, whose church display has been vandalized repeatedly. 


They cannot hide Him; they cannot dismiss Him; they cannot diminish Him; they cannot extinguish Him.  Try as they may, they cannot rob the world of Baby Jesus. 

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it" (John 1:5, NLT). 

Payday is Coming

Reward Persecution Perseverance

Contributed By: Bob Kombe | Date Posted: 2022-08-05

Scripture: Matthew 5:11 ; Matthew 5:12

Author: Bob Kombe


You know, as I was thinking about the promised reward found in Matthew 5:12, it made me think of the work I am currently doing as a preschool teacher.  Now, most days at work are pretty OK - the people are friendly, the kids are behaving well, and it’s just a normal day.

But then there are some days when it feels really difficult. Maybe it's that I’m not getting along well with one of my co-workers, or maybe the kids are being particularly naughty that day, or maybe it’s just one of those super busy days - and I find myself getting irritated, frustrated, tired, and grumpy.

Now, do you know what always helps to lift my mood? I just think about payday. I imagine that there is a day coming when I’m going to be paid for all of my trouble. Now maybe that doesn't make the problem go away - but it does a lot in changing my attitude toward the problem.


The kind of reward that Jesus promises in Matthew 5:12 is far greater than a temporary paycheck at the end of the month. Here, Jesus is talking about a heavenly reward.  In fact, Jesus calls it a great reward.  It is far, far better than any good thing you and I can think or imagine.  And this blessing, this reward that Jesus is talking about, is forever!

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  (Matthew 5:11-12, NIV).

Witnesses to the Resurrection

Resurrection Testimony Persecution

Source: "NBC’s Brian Williams recants Iraq story after soldiers protest" by By Travis J. Tritten for Stars and Stripes, Published: February 4, 2015

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Contributed By: Geoff Follas | Date Posted: 2015-04-04

Author: Geoff Follas / Illustration Exchange


In Feb 2015, NBC's leading journalist and news anchor, Brian Williams, was pressured into recanting his claim that he had come under enemy fire while imbedded with US forces in Iraq. Williams had made the claim at different times over the years, most recently while covering an event honoring a retired soldier. “The story actually started with a terrible moment a dozen years back during the invasion of Iraq when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG,” Williams said on the broadcast. “Our traveling NBC News team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armor mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry.”

When those who remembered the actual events of the day challenged Williams' claim, pressure began to mount--from the Network, from the media, from the Armed Forces, and even from his fans--for Williams to come clean and admit that he'd not told the truth. It was clear that he faced losing not only his job, but his good name and reputation.

Under the weight of the pressure, Williams finally admitted that events had not played out as he'd previously reported. “I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” Williams said. “I want to apologize. ... No, we never came under direct enemy fire to the aircraft.”


The pressure for Williams to recant his account of the Iraq event was powerful. He stood to lose his job.

The pressure for the disciples to recant their account of the resurrection was far greater. They stood to lose their lives--and indeed, eleven of the twelve ultimately did.

If the disciples had in any way invented or even simply exaggerated the story of the resurrection, surely, under such duress, at least one of them would have admitted it. But that never happened. They knew without a doubt it was the truth, and were willing to face death because of it.

"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also." (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  

The Woman Who Knew No Fear

Fear Persecution God's Love

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-22

Scripture: 1 John 4:18 ; Matthew 10:28

Author: Illustration Exchange

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There Must Be Roots

Persecution Spiritual Growth Self-deceived

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-15

Scripture: Matthew 20-: ; James 1:3

Author: Warren Wiersbe

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ISIS Destroying the Language of Jesus

Incarnation Love (Divine) Persecution

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-10

Scripture: Romans 12:21 ; Psalms 118:1

Author: Illustration Exchange

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Check Point Ahead, Turn Now

Persecution Evangelism God's Judgment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-26

Scripture: Matthew 3:2

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French Jews Seeking Identity in Israel

Jesus, Messiah Identity Persecution

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-19

Scripture: John 1:12

Author: Elizabeth Bryant

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Washing Our Hands Of Jesus

Justice Jesus' Suffering Persecution

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2014-01-01

Scripture: Matthew 27:24 ; John 18:28

Author: Rod Crowell

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Vivit, Vivit He Lives

Resurrection Hope Persecution

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-25

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:20

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