The Radical Jesus
This is the month non-believers as well believers in Christ focus on celebrating Christmas, the Birth of Jesus Christ. For one group it is a primarily a time of eating, drinking, parties, giving and receiving gifts, lights, redecorating the house … for the other, sometimes much the same but the difference is that our primary focus is, or should be celebrating Jesus as the One who has come to earth to save mankind. It’s a time of giving thanks for His birth which was the doorway of God coming to earth to redeem us; to save us from the destruction of sin.
As I reflect on the Christmas season, I thought of how we often highlight the Christ Child, Jesus the Baby. We sing the carol “Away in a manger no crib for a bed the Little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head…” We have pictures and displays of the Baby in a manger… Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against it, but I was wondering if by focusing on His babyhood rather than His Manhood we give an image of this sweet and harmless benevolent Jesus who won’t harm a fly. After all a baby is a sweet, innocent and adorable person. Mind you Jesus is all of that, He is sweet. The prophet Isaiah said His name shall be called Wonderful, Song of Solomon pictures Him as the fairest of ten thousand – Jesus is just simply Beautiful!
When I was a little girl, my grandmother, whom I loved dearly, God bless her heart, taught me this song. Some of the words are “Gentle Jesus meek and mild look upon this little child, pity my simplicity, suffer me to come to thee.” And again I wonder if this has given us a depiction of a Saviour who is a type of a milquetoast; a timid, unassertive man, who does not want to rock the boat and offend anybody. But I want to add that this Jesus whose birthday we celebrate is a Radical Jesus.
There is much talk of radical Islam and radical this and that but I want to put to you that Jesus Christ is the most Radical Person that ever lived; everything about Him was radical. Some of the meanings of ‘radical’ are: – revolutionary, extremist, fanatical, militant…very new and different from what is traditional or ordinary and that is who He was and is. So join us as we discuss The Radical Jesus.
Written Ps. Linda Jones©