I have an acquaintance who recently visited a drive-through Christmas light display at a local park. I know that she visited the display because she was very vocal about how offended she was that there was no mention or depiction of Christ anywhere in the production. She’s kind of an angry Christian. I’m pretty sure she’s at her happiest when she has some Godless element of modern culture to decry. I’m not sure that’s really what Jesus was thinking of when He said “By this will all men know that you’re my disciples,” but that’s probably for another post.
I of course wish there was more Jesus in Christmas. I wish there was more Jesus everywhere and everywhen. But I guess it doesn’t surprise me as much as it does her when secular, unbelieving culture fails to give Christ His due.
I tell you what does surprise me, though. It surprises me that one time a year, I can walk through the mall and hear lyrics like this blaring from hidden speakers:
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Go back and read them again, and try not to sing the melody in your head. Just read them, and listen to the words.
See the Godhead veiled in flesh, hail Deity incarnate. This is Jesus, Emmanuel, come to live as man with men. Bringing light and life, with healing in His wings, He lays aside His glory to be born in flesh. He comes to raise us, comes to give us new life.
That’s theology ringing through the halls of shopping centers. That’s the gospel being proclaimed and sung and celebrated. Even with the secularization of the holidays, Christmas is a pretty awesome time to be a Christ follower.