Santa has replaced the face of Christ as the face of Christmas.
The iconic red cap signals that you’re in the Christmas spirit.
Hanukkah, a legitimate holy day(s), is now the hippest thing on social media.
The YMCA, known as the Young Men’s Christian Association, puts up a holiday tree. But there is no manger in sight.
I thanked a cashier at EMS and wished him, “Merry Christmas.” He quickly and robotically replied, “Happy Holidays” - as if I was sent out by the corporate office to catch him wishing me “Merry” back.
This is nothing new to Jesus. In his day, lots of people didn’t acknowledge him.
You may represent Jesus very well this Christmas and get the same treatment.
Rejection is part of what we take on as the face of Christ.
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: It wasn’t the marring and disfigurement of
the face of the Calvary-Christ that made him unrecognizable so much as blindness. Yet, Jesus epitomized love in the face of that rejection.
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child…His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man…But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God…Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. Luke 2:17 NIV, Isaiah 52:14 NLT, Acts 7:55,60 ESV