The yards are starting to be full again of light displays. Santas, reindeer, snowmen, and sometimes the Nativity scene. People like to discuss the merits and/ or shame of displaying Jesus in plastic.
Do we need an ad campaign proclaiming deity of Christ? Hark The Plastic Angels Sing?
I wonder if plastic lights and baubles, cartoonish caricatures help us remember Jesus and his entrance to His own humanity? Is it possible these things point us the truth of what Jesus actually DID for us?
The short answer, I believe, is yes.
Here is what we are faced with driving along, shopping along, listening along: SPEND, PROJECTED CONSUMER SPENDING, $$$, SANTA, CONSUMERISM, jesus, SANTA, PARTIES, jesus, BUY GIFTS, PLAN THE BEST PARTIES, jesus, MY WISH LIST.
The gift is so huge, so outlandish, that we almost miss it. We are so used to hearing the story of Jesus’ birth, that we can lose out on the ridiculously grandiose gift ever given.
Those little plastic beacons of remembrance, however tacky and commercialized, still remind us and the homeowners what the holiday is about. Jesus. I would offer than anything that gives us pause to remember this, is good.
If you don’t know the story, Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-20. Please note the additional details offered, and try reading different versions to understand the context of what was truly at stake. I pray that you, in fact I am praying for you as I write this, will join me in remembering the gift.