Christmas is without a doubt the most memorable season of the year. It is one period of the year differences are laid aside and the mood seems to go up a notch in the positive direction. It has come to represent a time of love and sharing within our common humanity but traditionally it celebrates the birth of, unarguably the most controversial man to ever walk the face the planet, Jesus Christ.
It is somewhat difficult, or even impossible, to write or talk about this Jewish carpenter fully in one article. No figure in history holds a candle to him in terms of stature and weight of persona. The question then is what is so special about him? What makes everyone in the world have an opinion about him? Some love him, some hate him, some think he was a fraud and others think he was God. One thing however stands out, history respects Him. Actually history respects him a whole lot.
Our reference to time revolves around this figure. He was born in what is now the nation of Israel some 2000 years ago. He was born, history reports, at a time when the nation of Israel was under Roman occupation (a bit like certain middle eastern countries are under today). The country was oppressed by the Romans and the Jews sought a Savior to come from come from somewhere.
Jesus was born under these circumstances and it is fair to say He wasn’t expected, at least not in the form he came. The country wanted a military leader much like King David had been many centuries prior.
Jesus was an enigma. It can even be said that the word enigma is a bit of an understatement. The ancient Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, a Judaist by religion, wrote about him:
Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles.
A religion, the world’s largest religious follower-ship has come out of Him. He definitely isn’t widely accepted as God or some form of deity but as something special and more than an ordinary man. The human calendar turned on its head around his birth and death. In other words, everything in existence is usually referred to as pre –Jesus or post-Jesus. A superstar if ever there was one. Christmas has over time, come to symbolize a season of goodwill and friendship, a virtue that embodies Jesus so well.
The truth is Jesus was either a God or a fraud. In saying a fraud, that meaning he was the biggest fraud in human existence. Even in saying that, something special is needed to have been that successful in perpetrating, while still continues to perpetrate, such fraud even in death without being violent when he was alive.
He was something different from what is known to the ordinary man. Whatever He is, He surely isn’t ordinary. Jesus died over 2000 years ago and his birth and death are still being celebrated today above every other holiday on humanity. No other reference can be made to His greatness than this.
It should once again be remembered, His birth is being celebrated worldwide every year as Christmas, the biggest holiday of the calendar.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone.