The Beauty of the Foolishness: A Christmas Blog

I know a guy we’ll call “Stephen.” One day Stephen was riding in the car with his friend and was thinking about Christmas. He was wondering why we put so much emphasis on the holiday. Why we buy gifts for one another, why we decorate our homes, etc.

To him it made more sense to celebrate his death and resurrection, not his birth in a manger.

Isn’t this a legitimate question? Wasn’t the atonement for our sins, His ascension into heaven, and His outpouring of the Holy Spirit more significant than His birth in Bethlehem? Good question. Let’s continue on.

So a few days had passed and Stephen had nearly forgotten about his comment concerning Christmas. He laid down to take a nap and began to dream. His dream that day changed forever how he viewed Christmas and the birth of Jesus.

In the dream he was taken back in time to century one. He was taken to Jerusalem and heard Mary’s prayer. He was taken to the barn and saw baby Jesus in the manger and witnessed His humble birth in Bethlehem. He saw the animals, the straw, everything in great detail. Then he heard a voice saying to him, “The beauty of the foolishness, the beauty of the foolishness.”

He woke up and thought the dream was really neat. He remembered the remarks he had made about the Christmas holiday. Oh, the beauty of the foolishness.

What he learned that day was a very important lesson for us all. You see, to the world,  Jesus’ birth was foolishness. Mary fleeing to Bethlehem was foolish. Him being born in a humble manger was foolish. But to God, it was stunning and radiant beauty!

God came to earth on that glorious night in history. God Himself, in the flesh, born in a manger, was with us. Immanuel came to dwell among us. How foolish it may sound to those who don’t understand, but in the eyes of God its beauty.

Oh, the beauty of the foolishness.

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  1. The birth of Jesus Christ and Christmas—not really sure what these two have in common. The holiday mass on December 25 and the birth of Jesus Christ are two very different issues in my mind and heart. I suppose it is fine within the freedom we have in Christ to celebrate Him on any day of the year and I say to that, Amen. Though, I personally do not equate the celebrating of Jesus Christ’s birth with the holiday mass. I most likely do not understand the link between the two since I grew up not celebrating holidays or even birthdays for that matter. I absolutely am not saying it is wrong, just seems a little odd to me is all. I do know one thing, your article speaks of the grandeur of simple and humble otherwise known as foolishness. Fine read bro!

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    1. Kat,
      I suppose the main point was that the death and resurrection of Jesus isn’t any more or less significant that His birth (or any other part of His life for that matter).
      I agree to some extent to what you are saying. You are right about our freedom in Christ too.
      It was Paul who said in one of his epistles that some see other days as holier than others and yet others see ever day the same. I see every day the same, myself, but I do like to choose certain times to remember, and be reminded of, certain things of Christ. Whether it be His birth, death, resurrection, ascension, etc. etc.

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

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  2. I’m sort of in the place with Kat as well…I LOVE the beauty and the “foolishness” of the Christmas story, of almighty God humbling Himself in such a way. Just the ways in which we tend to celebrate it confuse me. But I love your point in your comment about Paul speaking on holy days. Really, when we celebrate Christ, we celebrate His WHOLE life, from eternity past, to His time and work on earth, to eternity future!

    I guess that one “holiday” is not necessarily more significant than the other if you’re looking at Christ holistically, but it does seem as though the Lord specifically intended for us to remember His crucifixion and resurrection…there’s a reason that the Lord’s supper is a proclamation of His death. It is so important for us to remind each other and celebrate the finished work of Christ on the cross, so that we may be confident in our standing before God and not live in shame. The message/reality of the cross…of death and resurrection…has brought so much healing into my life. But the Christmas story, while I think it is beautiful and I have indeed gained much from it spiritually, hasn’t been any sort of keystone revelation in my life (although I’m not saying it couldn’t be for others). Hopefully that makes sense.

    But regardless…they definitely are events that should be celebrated every day, and not just on the “holidays!”

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    1. Very valid point, my friend. Very good.
      I suppose I see Christmas as an excuse to remember Jesus. During this time of year, even non-beilivers remind me of Him. I go to the store and there’s Jesus. I drive to work and pass a Nativity, and there He is again. I get to work and low and behold, Christmas music singing “Joy to the world, the saviour’s come!”
      Its also a fun time of year as well. Lights, food, family, friends, and dare I say it, gifts!
      Now, I disagree much with the consumerists aspect of the season. The constant need to GET GET GET during this season. But it also causes people to GIVE GIVE GIVE too. But I certainly don’t condemn those who do celebrate this season this way. I also don’t condemn those who tell their kids that Santa is real. To each man his own during this time of year.
      But in the words of a brother in the church in our last meeting, “Jesus, You’re the reason for the season. Actually, You’re the reason for EVERY season!”

      Thanks for the comment, brother.

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  3. I’m glad Michael that he chose us to be the foolish things of this world, the week, the broken, so we can really appreciate the Lord, and his Life, and recieve is unfailing love.

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