Longer a Baby
based on Luke 2:41-52
Rev. Randy Quinn
was the week after Christmas when he came to visit me in my office. I
don’t remember his name, but I remember who he was. His mother was
active in the church I was serving, and he had come home for Christmas
What brought him to my
office was an almost vicious attack on my preaching. He was adamant
that I was leading the church astray. (More important to him was his
mother, I realize in hindsight, but he never said that.)
In particular, he was
concerned because I said – or had implied – that Jesus came as a baby to
save us. He knew Jesus saved us on the cross, not in the manger; he was
afraid that what I had said the Sunday before Christmas and on Christmas
Eve was misleading and flat out wrong.
His visit and his voice
still echo in my mind 20 some years later.
It echoes in my mind because in many ways he is right. Jesus was born
in a manger and was given a name that means “God saves us” (Mt. 1:21);
but it was his death and resurrection that brought us salvation. And
yet some people would prefer to spend the rest of their lives
celebrating Christmas, singing the carols that we all love so well, and
avoiding the tragic tale of the passion because of its violent nature.
He was right to be
concerned because some people only want to hear about the precious baby
In other ways, though, his
concern misses the point of the Christmas story. God came to us in
human form; God came as a vulnerable baby; God took a great risk by
coming to us in the manger. There is an important part of the gospel
that Christmas helps us know.....subscribers
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