On Grace, Baby Jesus, and Christ Crucified

December 9, 2008 — 1 Comment

Christmas is a big deal in Guatemala.  I don’t know why, but I was surprised to see Christmas trees and nativity scenes all around Guatemala.  The image of baby Jesus was everywhere.  I went to a museum that had at least 6 images of Christ as a baby.

Baby Jesus is all around Greeley, too.

He’s in front yards around town, on billboards, in the newspaper, and being sung about throughout the day on secular radio stations.

People everywhere seem to love Baby Jesus this time of year.

I love him, too, but I also love Christ crucified.

Christ crucified is not as popular as Baby Jesus, because Christ crucified is a more polarizing figure.

A sweet baby is easier to accept than a bloody radical hanging on a cross, but–ironically–our only hope is in accepting that bloody radical as our savior.

Christ came to this earth as a baby, lived a sinless life, died for our sins, and rose again so that you and I could live forever in Heaven.

We didn’t deserve it.  It was a gift.  This month we’re all going to receive a lot of gifts we don’t deserve, but we accept them as expressions of love.

Accept God’s gift–in the person of Baby Jesus and Christ crucified–as an expression of God’s love.

We don’t deserve such a beautiful gift.  Why would God allow that little baby to grow up and die for our sins? 

It’s called grace.

And it still amazes me.

Does it still amaze you?

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