We despised him and rejected him; he endured suffering and pain. No one would even look at him-- we ignored him as if he were nothing. ~Isaiah 53:3 GNT
Did you see the Hipster Nativity Set this Christmas?
Earlier this week, the news reported how it’s the talk of Christmas 2018.
The camera zoomed in showing the 3 wise men as Amazon Prime Deliverymen on Segways with presents in hand, the shepherd as a young guy missing what’s going on as he’s busy posting on social media with his 100% organic, gluten-free feed-eating cow and sheep in a Christmas sweater sitting by his side. Next, they showed a man-bun boasting Joseph taking a selfie of himself with Mary posed in a little risqué outfit with her t-shirt off the shoulder, bra-strap and a little more showing.
Oh ya, baby Jesus was in the solar-paneled manger too, but the newscasters weren’t really talking about Him.
The discussion surrounded whether or not it was appropriate to have a nativity set with updated “characters”. One man on the street was interviewed commenting how he felt each generation depicts the nativity with their own cultural relevance or some other hogwash like that. It’s questionable what nativity set that guy’s been putting out each Christmas but ours have always portrayed people in clothing suiting the era when Christ was born with baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling cloths.
This modern-day version of the nativity wasn’t an issue for me, although I wish they had made Mary a little more modestly dressed, I actually thought it was clever and could be a good conversation starter but what bothered me was how a whole segment of the news could actually be discussing the scene of Jesus’ birth and yet He wasn’t the focus. In fact, Jesus was barely mentioned.
They completely missed the Christ in CHRISTmas!
Other’s Who Can’t See The Forest For The Trees
For centuries people have been missing the Christ in CHRISTmas.
Scripture is full of verses talking about the hope of Israel; a coming Messiah, the savior who would bring peace to those who followed Him. Jewish Rabbis and faithful Hebrew people have studied the Tanakh (Old Testament) and made lists of what they thought the Messiah; the Christ would be like and how they would recognize Him from any other good person. As Christians, we have accepted Jesus (that’s the English version of His name), to be the fulfillment of all the ancient prophecies.
I’ve also come to understand through reading Joe Amaral’s book, The Story In The Stars how Jesus also fulfilled God’s prophetic power point in the sky: displayed through the constellations God designed at creation; from the virgin woman Virgo to the Aries ram.
How My Brain Works
But if your brain works at all like mine, you’ve probably wondered, Why, if Jesus was the Messiah God gave, then why are there Jewish people today still searching for the Christ? So, were we wrong or did they miss their Messiah when He came… and why did they? As you can see, I was probably one of those toddlers who drove their parents’ crazy asking, “But Why?” The Bible does teach that when Jesus was born; as those original style nativity sets depict, lived on the earth as a carpenter and then became a miracle-working minister many Jewish people and Priests did follow Him1, but not all.
I could never understand how Hebrew people today weren’t able to connect-the-dots left in the Old Testament to ascertain the truth of Jesus’ identity, that was until my friend shared this YouTube video called The Forbidden Chapter in the Tanakh where a young Jewish guy in Israel explains how after Jesus lived, the Rabbi’s took Isaiah 53 out of the Scripture listing, read by Jewish people. This portion of Scripture is the prophet Isaiah’s most detailed record about the coming Saviour.
For the first time in my life,
I understood how Jewish people could miss Jesus being the Christ of CHRISTmas.
As I watched the video (shown below), my faith of Jesus as Lord and savior of my life was strengthened.
At the same time, this news brought on such a deep sense of sadness to recognize how millions of Jewish people for over two centuries have missed out on knowing Jesus as I do because their eyes have been blinded from the truth.
It brings my mind back to the news report on The Hipster Nativity and how people are still blinded from the truth of who Jesus is today. We can be so distracted by all our stuff the wise men/delivery guys bring, missing Jesus right in front of our eyes like the shepherd or focused on ourselves in this selfie generation. Don’t let that be your reality this year.
Make 2019 different!
Don’t let the “trappings of this world” trip you up. Open your eyes and heart to make room for Jesus, so you don’t miss Him this year!
Father… My heart aches for a world that seems to be blinded to Your Son even when there are signs of Him all around us. Holy Spirit I ask you to remove the blinders from my eyes and help me see Jesus, Emmanuel… God is with me. Jesus You are here, You’re wanting to be involved in my daily life. I open wide my heart to let you in. You are my Christ, my savior, my Lord: at Christmas, in this new year and always. In Jesus Name…Amen
VIDEO OF JEWISH GUY SHOWING JEWISH PEOPLE ISAIAH 53
“THE FORBIDDEN CHAPTER”
In the Tanakh (Old Testament for us).
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DRAWING FROM THE WELL
- Isaiah 53:3
- Acts 6:7
- 2 Corinthians 4:4
- Jude 1:3
- Acts 2:41, 47; 4:4; 5:14; 6:7 (Key verse is Acts 6:7)
YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
MONDAY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis, Soul Survival – Donna Reidland,
TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms
FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. Mead, Grace and Truth Linkup – Arabah Joy