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Theme of the Week: A Warrior in the Manger
By: Shane Morris|Published: December 6, 2012 12:00 AM
God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day! To save us all from Satan's power when we were gone astray O, tidings of comfort and joy! O tidings of comfort and joy!
The familiar words of the carol come quickly to our lips when we see the depictions of baby Jesus in the manger begin to appear around this time of year. He looks so meek and mild lying there, the Prince of Peace greeted by angels' songs and shepherd's rejoicing. Just a child, a little Messiah who causes us to beckon others, saying, "come, let us adore Him!" Beside Mary and Joseph, we watch as He sleeps, love and gratitude toward God filling our hearts as we behold this Gift.
But this week at the Colson Center, we want to challenge you to think beyond the manger, and begin to see "the Christmas Jesus" for Who He truly is: the King of Kings who dealt the mightiest blow to Satan's empire up to that moment simply by entering this world. This little baby would grow into a man, who would go on to utterly defeat evil, sin, and even death itself at the cross.
When we think of the Christ Child in this light, not only do we begin to understand the big picture of Jesus' life, but that familiar nativity scene takes on a whole new depth of meaning. As John Stonestreet points out in this week's "Two-Minute Warning," Jesus' arrival on earth and the annual celebration we hold to commemorate it are a scathing indictment of the human condition. Each time we remember Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, we are remembering our own fallenness, our own wickedness, and admitting anew that "we are not okay."
But Christmas offers us an unimaginable hope:
Long lay the world in sin and error pining Till He appeared, and the soul felt its worth A thrill of hope, a weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
With the arrival of Jesus Christ on earth as God incarnate, everything changed.
"This little baby came to do battle on our behalf," says John, "against the forces of Satan, the world, and our own sin and evil. And this is how the Christian worldview stands in stark, direct contrast with every other view of reality."
History knows no shortage of worldviews and creeds which offer men and women a means of setting themselves right and repairing creation. "We can fix ourselves. We can fix the planet," John says, reciting the hollow promises of human wisdom. "We can bring about utopia with better science, better technology, just getting along, or just loving each other, or getting in touch with our own gods or goddesses within! We can actually perfect human nature."
But the Advent of Christ puts the lie to all of this wishful thinking. We are completely incapable of saving ourselves, and that's why God had to take on human flesh and dwell among us.
As we move further into this Advent season and begin nearing Christmas, we at the Colson Center pray you'll continually call to mind the fullness of the Christian worldview, and how the central event of Jesus' incarnation makes sense of the worst this life has to offer, and guarantees us that God has absolute victory. In fact, He already declared His victory thousands of years ago when He planted His flag in a feeding trough outside of Jerusalem.
A newborn baby cried for the first time, and all of Hell trembled. The Warrior had arrived.
Watch this week's "Two-Minute Warning," the second part in a four-episode series on the coming of Christ, and our response. >>CLICK HERE.
Watch last week's "Two-Minute Warning," the first part in a four-episode series on the coming of Christ, and our response. >>CLICK HERE.
Get your copy of "He Has Come!" A rich new offering from the Colson Center with teaching from John Stonestreet and T. M. Moore on the worldview of Advent and Christmas, drawing from the music of the season. >>CLICK HERE.
Listen to our latest edition of "BreakPoint This Week," in which John Stonestreet interviews beloved Christian musician, Michael Card, on the meaning and power of Advent. >>CLICK HERE.
Pick up your copy of Michael Card's classic Christmas album, "The Promise: A Celebration of Christ's Birth." >>CLICK HERE.
Looking for a gift? Check out BreakPoint's new "Youth Reads" list of recommended books to buy your teen for Christmas! >>CLICK HERE.
Explore This Week's Theme
If we could save ourselves from Satan's cunning or our own folly by sheer might, we would have already done so. John Stonestreet expounds on why Jesus, the God-Man, came to take our place in the second of a four-part series, "He Has Come!" >>Watch now.
In this week's Talking Points, T. M. Moore suggests that praying Mary's most famous prayer as a Christmas carol may open up a whole new way of thinking, not only about Mary herself, but about the Advent of Christ as the central event of history. >>Read more.
In Thursday's BreakPoint commentary, John Stonestreet describes the testimony of a rising star in the baseball world, and how it offers us a valuable example of how Christians don't always have be seen in a negative light by the world. >>Read more
In Thursday's Point Commentary, John Stonestreet condemns the chilling record on human life in Canada, and draws some important lessons from this tragedy. >>Read more.
John Stonestreet interviews Focus on the Family president, Jim Daly, about how Christians must adapt our stance toward the culture in these changing times. >>Read more.