The Contradiction that is Christmas

Isn’t it amazing that so many people celebrate the birth of Jesus, but reject Jesus himself? How weird is that?

It struck me this morning that maybe the majority of Americans got up and opened presents to celebrate someone’s birthday. Well, they were really thinking about giving and receiving gifts. But the occasion of this celebration was a birth some 2000 years ago, the birth of the God-man.

It seems strange to me that Christmas gets so much attention, but the Jesus behind Christ-mass gets so dissed.

The fact is the Jesus who gets dissed isn’t likely the Jesus of the Bible.  Even those who say they accept Jesus might reject the Jesus of the Bible.

The Jesus of the Bible was born in a stable, not a 6 BR house with 3.5 baths.

The Jesus of the Bible rode to his last supper on a donkey, not in a stretch SUV limo.

The Jesus of the Bible had no beauty that we should look upon Him, not an appointment with a plastic surgeon.

The Jesus of the Bible hung out with the publicans and sinners in a bar, not with the religiously right or the politically correct in a ballroom.

The Jesus of the Bible said “get behind me, Satan” to one of his best friends, not “Smile. Jesus loves you.”

The Jesus of the Bible said “My burden is easy and my yoke is light; Take my yoke upon you,” not “You’d better be good; I’m telling you why.”

The Jesus of the Bible said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, but by me,” not “there are many paths to god.”

The Jesus of the Bible — for the joy set before Him — endured the cross, suffered the shame, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father.   He is the Word that was with God in the beginning.  He is the Word that is God. In Him and through Him and for Him, all things were made.

What a travesty that you and I take Him so lightly. What treason.

Oh, Lord, in love you helped the adultress to her feet – after you sent away those who would stone her.  Then you said “Your sins are forgiven. Go and sin no more.”  Please do the same for me.  And help me to sin no more. Amen

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4 thoughts on “The Contradiction that is Christmas

  1. Very well put.
    Isn’t it funny how the so many people want to put Jesus into a nice neat little box that fits the world of today and disregard the fact that Jesus would never have fit into today’s model of society. Simply put, he would have been messing the whole thing up with the things He said and did.
    I once heard Francis Chan, [[author, pastor, and a guy I greatly admire]] talk about the same Jesus you reference here, the one so many people have never met. In his sermon, he noted the way we as “Christians” of today fall short of calling people to the same committment Christ did. Christ said to follow me, you’re going to have to hate your own mother and father, your own life.. in fact, I’m going to go get crucified, how about we all go do that? It’s not supposed to be convienent or easy.
    And yet, we still think we can fit Christ into the mold we’ve created in our Sunday morning christianity… because that’s how we like Him…

    Merry Christmas.. I hope your struggle to find the true image of Christ finds you both stretched, fulfilled and ever curious.

  2. I have another one…

    The Jesus of the Bible said “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.”

    Hence, the contradiction continues. 🙂

    Sadly, there’s not much we can do other than to simply have peace and gratitude in our hearts.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Lorraine.

  3. Very Nice Post. I wrote something very similar based off of John 1. The Tragedy that was Christ’s birth which very well fits in with your idea of a contradiction. It is quite sad but indeed very natural to see this behavior from mankind. You can read it at http://www.soulahgratia.wordpress.com
    Merry Christmas and grace and peace to you.
    – Stephen Unthank

  4. I agree with you and I think that it is interesting that the Christmas season creates a general sense of well-being in the culture, among pagans as well as Christians. I wonder why? Is it because of the gifts or because the truth behind what is being celebrated is so strong that it can rub off on people? I think that even those who seem to have a problem with Christianity are hard-pressed to come up with an irreligious civic celebration that generates the sense of expectancy in the culture that Christmas has.
    In keeping with your comments, I also think that some can strive so hard not to judge anyone or anything that we end up with a bland, feel-good way of doing religion that also is not Christianity at all. We cannot forget that God is real and even if we don’t judge, one day He will. Which is why He sent His Son in the first place.
    Thanks for your heart…

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