Christmas: A Profoundly Simple Story

"Jesus was a Capricorn
 He ate organic food
 He believed in love and peace
 And never wore no shoes
 Long hair, beard and sandles
 And a funky bunch of friends
 Reckon we'd just nail him up
 If he came down again..."
     ~Kris Kristofferson~ 

Miracles & Deep Truths

Jesus of Nazareth hailed from a remote village in the Middle East.  For most of his life he lived in obscurity, but then gained notoriety during the three-year period of his public ministry.

There were many firsthand accounts of him healing the lame and giving sight to the blind.  Miracles were commonplace as he traveled about doing good and helping others.  

Mysteriously devout, he had an uncanny knack for upsetting the powerful religious elite who dominated every aspect of societal life.  His words and actions disturbed them so greatly that they entertained murderous thoughts and conspired to eliminate him.  

A group of fervent followers gathered around him - mostly blue-collar types who were well acquainted with the hard realities of the world.  He taught them extraordinary lessons gleaned from ordinary situations; he taught them deep truths about God with an inspired passion that was contagious.

A photo from "The Passion of the Christ".
A photo from "The Passion of the Christ".

Crucify The Man

Multitudes flocked to him, clamoring for him to be their king, but at the height of his popularity he was betrayed by a close friend and put on trial for heresy.

The fix was in from the beginning. The system was primed for manipulation, so the very ones who brought the accusations against him determined the outcome of the highly irregular court action.

Completely innocent of all charges, Jesus of Nazareth accepted the death sentence guilty verdict with quiet resignation - “He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.”

The mode of capital punishment was particularly barbaric. Stripped of his clothing and his dignity, he was nailed to an instrument of torture and put on public display to be ridiculed. Suspended above his tormentors, he spoke of forgiveness before succumbing to the convulsions of death.

Then he was taken down from the cross and buried in a borrowed tomb. If he had merely been an itinerant rabbi or just a peasant carpenter that would have been the end of the story. But three days later he came alive, triumphant over sin and death. His solitary life, death and resurrection continually has an incredible impact on civilization.

Celebrate The Baby

Each and every year we celebrate a season to honor his birthday. For hundreds of years before his birth prophets predicted his arrival. When his mother received the divine announcement of her pregnancy she sang a song of praise.

On that wondrous night in Bethlehem angels visited shepherds on a hillside and told them to go and see for themselves. Intrigued, they left their flocks to become eyewitnesses who spread the word.

Now 2000 years later we decorate our homes and buy presents for each other in his name. Jesus of Nazareth never raised an army, never wrote any literature, never penned any symphony or accomplished anything our world associates with prominence.

Yet 2000 years after his humble birth we remember it with pomp and ceremony. We’ve built traditions around its commemoration that provide comfort and hope. How is that possible?

The answer is that those shepherds must have been all excited and raced away from that manger to share the news from person to person. Their enthusiasm had an infectious quality because someone told someone else who told someone else who told someone else and on and on and on.

Does the profoundly simple truths of Christmas generate a sense of awe & wonder in you?

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Awe & Wonder

When was the last time we were charged up about Jesus? His birth fascinates us; his life is a model for us to emulate; his death and resurrection impacts us in ways beyond our capacity to understand, but do we ever allow the supernatural to touch our hearts or change our lives?

Have we become immune to the spectacular marvel of renewal and rebirth? Do we ever respond to the gospel message with the simple obedience displayed by the shepherds? Or in our intellectual superiority and enlightenment would we just nail him up if he came down again?

Take a moment to pause in the midst of our culture’s chaos to contemplate the profound awe of those shepherds - “The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had said.”

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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

I have a lovely image, while reading this, of the excitment of the sheperds -having witnessed the birth of our saviour in His humble dwelling-and the ripple effects of their joy.Another beautiful message, and reminder for us, from you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

itakins - Yes, that is a lovely image. Thank you for sharing it. Peace & blessings to you.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

During this holy season I "Take a moment to pause in the midst of our culture’s chaos to contemplate the profound awe of those shepherds."

Even as this sacred holiday becomes more and more secularized without, it shall remain holy and sacred within my spirit and in my home. Even though Jesus is dishonored in so many respects around me, my devotion remains undisturbed by surrounding events and cannot be intruded upon by the most atrocious wiles of the destroyer.

Thank you Ken, for this hub that prompts us to remember the reason for the season.

God bless you and yours,


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

RevLady - Thank you for your affirming & encouraging words. Have a wonderful celebration of Christmas.


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christinecook 6 years ago

a wonderful message. my best Christmas ever was when I asked Jesus to bless me. Not the world but Him. He did. The peace of that year,the joy I will not easily forget


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you for stopping in & sharing a wonderful testimony. Much encouragement to you.


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

As has been said by someone else, "Wise men seek the Lord."

God loves the seekers, "When you seek me with all your heart."

I love what Mary said to the angel, "May it be to me as you have said." Lk.1

I love the simplicity of our genius God and yet the complexity to mess up the most sophisticated mind. LOL

Thx Ken

Blessings on you and yours at this beautiful time of year.

L.


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TINA V 6 years ago

A wonderful message for Christmas. It is really this time that we should commemorate the birth of Jesus who later died to save us from our sins. I wish that others would also find time to read this hub.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Saintatlarge - Thank you for your good comments. Peace & blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

TINA - Thank you for stopping in & sharing. Blessings & much encouragement to you. And Merry Christmas.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

I also wish more would read and take heart in this hub. They might get the true meaning of Christmas. It saddens me to see the word "Xmas" and the attitude of "what will I or can I get" along with the news of how many people were trampled on "black Friday".

What we got was Jesus Christ! I for one am thankful for that and that alone. The idea that one gets stuff of money and material and is willing to trample another to get it is twisted and the general population has destroyed the meaning, I for one have left humanity for the Holiday and pray for those consumed by the greed that sprang up around it. I think the world would crucify him again if he came and voiced his contempt for greed and covetousness.


Paul M. 6 years ago

Ken,

Thanks for the emphasis on the special day. I heard the wonderful message on Christmas eve, 28 years ago, and it changed my life. Thanks for continuing to pass on the message to others. May you and your family celebrate His day with Joy and Peace.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

50 Caliber - Thank you for your thoughtful & accurate comments. Peace, blessings & Merry Christmas to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Paul - Thanks for stoppping in & sharing good words of testimony. Peace & much encouragement to you. And Merry Christmas.


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

Ken,

For God SOOO loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son. Jesus is the reason for the season. It was the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who put the MERRY in Christmas for all of his followers.

Great hub.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

godpreacher - Thank you for your wonderful comments. Peace & blessings & Merry Christmas to you.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Sorry, rude of me, as you have written a great hub of the true meaning not to say,

God Bless you and Yours and a very Merry Christmas to you all.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, 50 Caliber. Merry Christmas to you & yours.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

The birth of christ was the greatest gift mankind has ever received. Great hub, Ken.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

habee - Thank you. And of course you are exactly right about the greatest gift ever received. Merry Christmas.


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Gicky Soriano 6 years ago from California

Another great, sweeping blow-by-blow account of a 2000-year old story delivered upon the doorsteps of our 21st century. Would we just nail him up if he came down again? That's a question to ponder this season.

Thank you Ken for all the inspiring hubs you shared with us this past year. You have been a God-send to many and blessing in my life Brother! All blessings to you this Christmas.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Gicky - Thank you for all your encouragement & affirmation. You have been a blessing to me. Have a wonderfully blessed Christmas celebration.


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PinanShodan 6 years ago

Hi Ken,

Thank you for this awesome hub. The cold chills always run up and down my body when I think of all the pain that Jesus endured for each of us so that we can experience freedom from our hangups, addictions, and sins in order to have a good life on earth and have eternal life forever and ever and ever when Jesus returns. All he ask is that we believe. It is that simple. If we just keep self out of the way, push our false pride out of the way, and ask him for help. Tell Anita Hi and you and yours have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

PinanShodan - Thank you for your encouraging comments. Peace, blessings & a great big Merry Christmas to you.


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janiek13 6 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

I was not able to see the movie, "The Passion Of The Christ", because I knew I couldn't get through it without falling to pieces. I wish we could go back to a simpler time when everyone knew what Christmas really meant. thanks for the reminder.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

janiek13 - Thank you for stopping in & reading. Peace & blessings to you.

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