Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas 2006

Christmas = Unusual busyness

Been my 3rd year seeing Christmas through in Singapore. It's amazing to think back how was i like in the first year. Though nothing much, but definitely very different.

I was thinking about Christmas greetings this afternoon. Thought of using N.T Wright's 'Jesus is YHWH with his sleeves rolled up'. Because that is taken out directly from the Message (Isaiah 52.10), it would had been unoriginal. So i tried to think of some powerful yet simplistic way of describing Christmas in its essence. After a few analogies, i've decided to use this:

"Blessed Christmas! Symbol of the historical advent of Emmanuel. Jesus is YHWH wearing his armor, went to the frontline to fight for his people the losing war."

Simple and powerful, i hope. Best is that it is the length of one SMS!

But such simplification is inevitably misunderstanding-inviting. After sending to those in my mobile, i got 2 worth-noting replies; one direct rejection of the message while the other wondering what it really means.

Reply from Herman: I don't think christmas symbolises the advent of christ. I only know that it is pagan. And it is not a losing war. God is in control from all eternity. We are losers but not God.

Reply from Stephen: Wait a minute! Why the losing war?!

I ignored the first one.

This is my reply to Stephen: God fought the war for his people. A losing war for his people. Jesus was at the frontline and was killed. And the cross is the victory of god but that would make this an Easter greeting.

Blessed Christmas to everyone, especially to all my family, friends and their families! Many blessings of peace, joy, and love to each and every soul.

God has comforted his people!
He's redeemed Jerusalem!
God has rolled up his sleeves.
All the nations can see his holy, muscled arm.
Everyone, from one end of the earth to the other,
sees him at work, doing his salvation work.
Isaiah 52.10

And we saw it through a man hanging on the bloody cross, with his flesh being torn, with his arms and legs being nailed. We saw it.

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