Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Alan has has a post about what the shadow of the cross reaching over the manger symbolizes. In a nutshell, it signifies that Jesus came to die.

"What must it feel like knowing that you were born for the sole purpose of dying? All of us must die, of course, but what must it be like knowing that the reason for our birth was our death? That is exactly the reason that Jesus was born."


  1. Nathan Mattox said...
    I dislike this reductionist approach the meaning and purpose of Jesus Christ. It cheapens the life lived found in the Gospels. No--Jesus "sole purpose" in life was not to die. It was also to bring light to the world, as John begins his gospel. Jesus lived to reform his disciples approach to the religious life. Jesus lived as he says in Luke 4: to preach good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
    to release the oppressed,
    to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
    Please reconsider propagating this erroneous approach to the appreciation of the life of Jesus. Jesus came to be the way, the truth, and the life, not just as some hunk of meat waiting to be slaughtered.
    I don't understand how and why people take comfort or inspiration in this "born to die" ideology.
    Brett said...
    The picture is a work of art, and there is some personal interprative license involved. I didn't mean it as an absolute, I'm not sure if Alan did or not. We probably aren't going to agree on an exact reason that Jesus was born. Christ did a lot of things while He was here. I do not believe, however, that His ultimate goal was to humble Himself and become a man so He could preach the Beatitudes or give the Sermon on the Mount or heal some sick people. His ultimate goal was to redeem his people.
    Perhaps saying He came simply to die does leave things out. I won't go as far as you are going with your argument, but I would say that He came not only to die, but rise from the grave and redeem his people. The cross in the picture symbolizes that.

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