Screen Shot 2013-12-22 at 11.06.25 PMWhile visiting my folks over Thanksgiving, we all went to a Christmas Variety show at a local theater. Singing, dancing, drama, humor – it was a great production and a lot of fun.

Near the end they did a Nativity segment with Mary and Joseph, baby Jesus and the usual assortment of angels and shepherds, and a narrator explained that the reason Jesus came was to show us that our world would be a little better if we would just be nice to each other.

I’ll admit that there’s plenty of scripture supporting the idea that we should be nice (“love one another” is a phrase that springs to mind), but I think we’re missing the Whole Point of Christmas if we think that Jesus came to spread moralism.

The Bible (our only source of information on the subject) reveals that Jesus came because A) mankind is in grave danger and B) we need a Savior. Not a moral policeman. A Savior.

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (Matthew 1:21-23)

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)

“…the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.(Matthew 20:28)

This time of year we’re constantly reminded to not miss the deeper meaning of Christmas. But we’re missing it if we think it’s anything other than this: I am a broken human being who cannot save himself from his own brokenness. Jesus “emptied Himself” and became a man (see Philippians 2) and lived and died performing a rescue operation.

There it is.

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  1. Erik Pyle says:

    I’m probably over-analyzing this (modus operandi) but I can’t help but think that anything and anyone who distills the true gospel message into anything less than what it really is, is just helping Satan confuse another unbeliever. The enemy will take whatever he can get and run with it. While you were in the audience and recognized the problem, someone else in the audience just left with a false idea about Jesus, and that might just add up to a non-believer somewhere down the road.

  2. Scott Riggan says:

    I agree, Lisa. It’s naive to expect that someone who doesn’t share my beliefs would reflect those beliefs in their play or song or TV show or whatever. It prompted a good conversation with my family (all of us noticed the weak “reason for Jesus’ coming” that was provided). Thanks for commenting!

  3. Lisa Tomlin says:

    I love all of the holiday stuff! Santa, Christmas music, the decorations, etc. The show you guys went to sounds like it was really fun. And I don’t think that message is so bad really. Even if it’s incomplete, it’s the most you could fairly expect from a non-Christian entertainment source, don’t you think?

  4. Samantha says:

    There it is indeed!! The “reason for the season” is Jesus!

  5. Jill Roberts says:

    “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

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