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