Have you ever thought about how absurd the Christmas story is to human reason? Both our familiarity with it and all the warm and fuzzy feelings we associate with it often combine to blunt its startling message. But stop and think about it. Christmas is about the all-majestic God of the universe commissioning his only Son to save a world of creatures that had persistently rebelled against him and had so perverted themselves that they had become totally depraved. “All have turned away, they have together become worthless, there is no one who does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:12) Who would sacrifice anything for worthless beings? Much less a higher Being sacrificing his only precious Son for his rebellious and obnoxious creations. And this entailed the Son committing himself to a lifetime of sacrifice ending in a horrific death.
That doesn’t make any sense to human reason. Believing in the story of Santa Claus makes more sense than that. At least it follows human logic by having Santa reward the nice and punish the naughty.
We are now in the afterglow of Christmas. For most of us, these days between Christmas and New Year’s are calmer than the days preceding. The pace is no longer frenetic. These days, therefore, lend themselves to times of reflection. I encourage all of you to ponder the unbelievable (to human reason) love God put into action that first Christmas. Imagine what your life would be like if Jesus hadn’t come on this rescue mission. Take time to praise him. And also take time to thank the Holy Spirit for opening your eyes to the truthfulness of this incredible story. Just as our lives would be hopeless if Jesus hadn’t come, so also they would be hopeless if the Holy Spirit wouldn’t have come into our lives and showed us that what is absurd to our reason is the greatest truth of all time.
As you think about all this, also see how you can use this to make sure your Christmas message stands out among all the Christmas clamor. Do that by emphasizing its “absurdity”. Draw sharp contrasts between divine love and human depravity. Compare it to our military being deployed (and killed) to rescue (not defeat) ISIS rebels. I think you get the point. Instead of hiding from the absurdity of Christmas, highlight it. Highlight it to glorify the greatness of our God.