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A Ridiculous Christmas

Scripture is full of ridiculous things – armies fleeing in inexplicable terror, parted waters, walking on water, and formerly dead people. However, there is a verse quite near the beginning of the New Testament that could lay claim to the prize for most socially ridiculous statement in the Bible. Matthew, when writing to the religious Hebrews of  all people, said, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child.”

This is how it all started, he wrote. It was time for the wedding, but Mary was pregnant, and it wasn’t Joseph’s baby. Well, now, there is a nice start to a story. What a conversation piece! And Matthew was not finished. “She was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” If that is not ridiculous, nothing is. It is the very definition of ridiculous: “That which may justly excite laughter with contempt.”

How could anyone believe that the God of the universe would actually choose this poor, unknown girl to carry His Child? If she was pregnant, she was guilty! She needed to be punished!

Yet God’s ways are higher than ours. He saved her from the humiliations that could have legally come. Joseph did not leave her. She was not punished. In fact, she did not even need to send out “It’s a boy!” announcements. Angels took care of that for her.

Yes, the idea of God Himself coming into a poor family and living the life of the required sacrifice is crazy to any thinking person. But I am glad He doesn’t think so.

Merry Christmas!

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Going Green

With all the talk these days about going green and being good for the environment, it might be a good idea to take a look at one of the greatest green leaders in human history.

I will spare you the suspense. This great Recycler is Jesus.

Don’t laugh. Stop and think of this for a moment.

Has any green program ever taken an educated and resourceful man who was using every loophole in the law to terrorize and murder and turned that man into someone who lived and taught that “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [love], I am become as sounding brass, or tinkling cymbal.”

Do you know of any environmental protection proponent who goes all the way to the heart of the problem? This One actually changes hearts and minds so that decisions and actions are more pure and gentle.

Jesus did not stop with creation. He wants to re-create. He wants to take the old, broken, useless chunk of life we call our own and turn it into beautiful and useful art. Have you been recycled?

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