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Years ago Lettie Cowman published an unusual Christmas card, entitled, “If Christ Had Not Come”. It was based on Jesus’ words in John 15:22. The card featured the scene of a pastor asleep at his desk. He was dreaming about a world without Christ. Read her story below.
In his dream, he saw himself walking through his house, but as he looked, he saw no stockings hung on the chimney, no Christmas tree, no wreaths of holly, and no Christ to comfort and gladden hearts or to save us. He then walked onto the street outside, but there was no church with its spire pointing toward heaven. And when he came back and sat down in his library, he realized that every book about our Savior had disappeared.
The minister dreamed that the doorbell rang and that a messenger asked him to visit a friend’s poor dying mother. He reached her home, and as his friend sat and wept, he said, “I have something here that will comfort you.” He opened his Bible to look for a familiar promise, but it ended with Malachi. There was no gospel and no promise of hope and salvation, and all he could do was bow his head and weep with his friend and his mother in bitter despair.
Two days later, he stood beside her coffin and conducted her funeral service, but there was no message of comfort, no words of a glorious resurrection, and no thought of a mansion awaiting her in heaven. There was only “dust to dust, and ashes to ashes,” and one long, eternal farewell. Finally he realized that Christ had not come, and burst into tears, weeping bitterly in his sorrowful dream.
Then suddenly he awoke with a start, and a great shout of joy and praise burst from his lips as he heard his choir singing these words in his church nearby:
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels,
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
Aren’t you glad that He came? Aren’t you glad why He came? He came to be our Savior, to pay the price for our sin, and to give us eternal life. That’s why we rejoice in His coming.
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to share that life-changing message with our children. We are so grateful for your support because it not only meets needs but it also introduces children and others to Jesus.
I pray that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. I pray that you find meaningful ways to share the story of the Savior with those around you. May the Lord use us to deliver His message of love, redemption, and hope this Christmas. God bless you all.