I wonder if there is any subject so closely studied and widely misunderstood as Christianity. In a recent conversation with friends, I had one tell me that he is in church while in the woods hunting and fishing, while the other placed his own faith in the “religion” box as the root problem of all our world-wide woes.
Unlike the gods of the other so-called religions, the Christian God became one of us. His entrance was not a high and mighty, thunder-clashing, all powerful show-stealing appearance in a Thor-like figure, but the weakest, most lowly, meek and vulnerable being…a baby, in the absolute most humble setting imaginable…a barnyard manger among farm animals. A setting known only by the Magi guided by the star…and shepherds guided by the angels.
From an early age, he confounded the temple scholars and rabbis with his command of scripture and ancient doctrine. Unlike every one of us, he grew into a man as he had been born, without a trace of sin. His cousin John recognized him for who he was and baptized him in the Jordan. His followers called him Rabbi (teacher). He taught in parables to protect the Word from the enemies of Truth, and counseled his believers as the “children of God” to love their enemies, their neighbors as themselves, and to forgive as they would have others forgive them. There has never been, and never will be, a better example of love in the world than the life he lived among us.
He fulfilled prophecy as the “unblemished” lamb, who exchanged his righteousness for all our past, present and future sins to suffer the wrath of his own Father in the most horrifying death imaginable, so that we will be judged as righteous on our day. Ours’ is only to accept this gift. Who among us, knowing and understanding could possibly refuse it? Our only part, is to love each other as He loves us. We are given eternity in the sinless presence of only love in return. What greater joy could there possibly be? Merry Christmas dear friend…