For years I’ve been amazed at how much people in enjoy the Christmas season, with its mangers, carols, lights, gifts, and Christmas cheer. I enjoy it too, but I try to get into it from a biblical perspective. What was God DOING through this entire thing? I always liked the guy in the Red Suit as a kid, but he’s inconsequential nowadays. Those around generally seem to be easily satisfied with looking at a baby in a manger, singing some songs, and “putting Christmas up” until next year. Sadly, even that is in jeopardy.
A baby is not offensive, in fact they are very attractive, they draw a crowd. The Baby Jesus’ drew a small, yet important, audience at his advent. His message, however, was not well received. That has not changed, even thousands of years later. He was The Last Prophet, and therefore had more than his share in a prophets reward. The servants are not greater than the Master in this respect. And we must go outside the camp to meet Him.
His message was that to live, you must die. And that this death is to be administered through a divine encounter by faith, joining with Him in His death that we might be like Him in His life. Being obliterated and recreated in Him. Not an easy message to understand, or to embrace.
Somehow, to identify with Jesus is a threat to the world. It’s like pulling the curtain away from the Wizard of Oz. Suddenly the secrets of the World are exposed for all to see. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”.
For the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those being lost, but to us being saved, it is the power of God. (1Co 1:18)
And I, brothers, if I yet proclaim circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the offense of the Cross has ceased. (Gal 5:11)
The offense of the Cross is that we are saved from death unto life by the suffering and sacrificial death of the only Son of God. The foolishness is in that believing in this God, this God who lowered himself to live and die as a Servant of all, we are saved apart from our own intellect and deeds. And yes, to those of us who know our weakness, our sin, this IS Good News.
May we all become fools, and Glory in the Wisdom of God.