25 comments on “The Night When God was Naked Before Man

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  2. The birth was never originally celebrated, but, with the modern celebration instituted arbitrarily I can agree that we’ve sanitized it to make is seem what we perceive to be the image of holiness. When it comes to His death however, I believe the movie The Passion of Christ did a pretty good job of depicting the reality of His suffering until death. I’m sorry that George F. was so rude in his remarks. Forgive him.

  3. I was thinking George might have been referring to the same lies Don was – how Jesus “never made a cry”, how the barn wasn’t comfortable, how everyone was all gussied up for the birth, etc. Maybe I misinterpreted him.

    But this is great. There is so much religious gilding over the nativity chapter that it lifts the whole story, and Jesus, out of our reach – the opposite of his intention. Also consider that genocide followed shortly thereafter. This is a grim tale, hard and bloody right up until the resurrection. Thanks for the bucket of cold water, Don.

    • Well Brandon I think a little shot of reality makes the story vastly more inspiring and empowering… but that’s just me. As for George, I very much liked his comment; I think he gets it.

  4. Our society can’t handle a NAKED-Jesus, whether at His birth, or during His death, or at anytime in-between. Many Christians can’t handle the REAL Jesus, because it offends their sensibilities and seems to be “below His dignity”, yet until we come to grips with the REAL Jesus, we will never understand how LOW Jesus stooped to purchase our redemption.

    We can’t handle or imagine Jesus being crucified buck-naked or walking out of the tomb buck-naked. Where did the cute little “loin-cloth” come from when He was crucified? Where did the beautiful “resurrection-robe” come from? Figments of our imagination?

    Yes, childbirth is a NASTY process, and having seen three of my own children being born and having pretty-much delivered my first-born, I know first-hand. It wasn’t “beneath my dignity” to wear those nasty scrubs for the rest of the day. Never mind all the other significant details of Jesus’ birth. The picture was NOT “pretty”.

    In my series “How Human Was Jesus?”, I have tried to capture the humanity of “The Word (who) became flesh and dwelt among us” in sometimes-graphic descriptions of the REAL Jesus. It is time for us to quit “sanitizing” the life of Jesus and see Him as He is. Only then, will be start coming to grips with the incredible price He paid on our behalf.

    Blessings!

    Steve

  5. Can you imagine if someone put together a Nativity Play in public and portrayed it as close to the way the original would have been if possible? I bet the church would be outraged, as well as the public. But it would be truth! Well, I guess the church and the public are often outraged at the truth of the Word – what else is new! Thanks for a very thought provoking post.

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  8. Profound and profoundly moving: God allowing Himself to become naked before men and exchanging His glories and riches in heaven to be born in a stinking, cold, dark cave with flies and every human discomfort and pain. For us. For our eternity. The Christmas Story should not be separated from the Resurrection Story.

  9. Good stuff! One of my husband’s pet peeves is that line from Away in a Manger!
    Very glad I discovered your blog. 🙂

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