Christmas | The Power of Perspective
The Pharisees were the keepers of the law, meaning they knew the Old Testament inside and out. As a result, they had the foreknowledge to be able to identify Jesus as the Messiah. However, they were so caught up in “helping” people follow the Torah by creating more laws, that they created barriers (or hedges) that blocked people from getting closer to God. Today we all have an inner Pharisee that wants to judge those around us, what hedges are we building that makes it difficult for people to see Jesus?
Nativity. In vocabulary, it means the process of being born. In divinity, it means Christmas.
Everyone has a nativity, the narrative of their birth. And every character has a different vantage, varied perspective, and unique role to play in such stories. The nativity of Jesus is the one we celebrate each Christmas. The characters in it tell tales all themselves, those of coming to and recognizing Jesus as more than just a baby. You see...
...Ordinary babies don’t arrive with angelic announcements.
...Ordinary babies don’t garnish the attention of a jealous king.
...Ordinary babies may be born in stables but aren’t worshipped by shepherds.
...Ordinary babies don’t warrant the wonder of wandering scholars.
...Ordinary babies don’t threaten the political establishment or religious rite.
Christ was no ordinary baby and He brought both comfort and joy, but also calamity and chaos, depending on...perspective.
What is it that the coming of Christ brings to you this Christmas?
What’s your perspective on Jesus?
Is the Christmas story this year offering you renewed hope in God’s word
Is the nativity wreaking havoc in your life...in a very necessary, Christ-honoring, perspective-reorienting way?