A Christmas night dream

It is said that in any dream, the dreamer identifies with and even personifies each character in the plot.

The Christmas story in Luke 2 is no dream. Or perhaps it is humanity’s dream come true. Either way, the Savior-child, the all in all, plays every role in the drama.

“Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.”

Jesus like Caesar is royal. The King of kings, the Lord of lords. In charge, he issues decrees and things happen. Demons flee, the dead rise, the disabled see and walk and run.

Like Augustus, he counts all people worldwide, even their hairs for that matter, for they matter to him. He counts because they count.

“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem…”

Jesus is like Joseph, the faithful father. He is the very representation incarnate of the Heavenly Father. He impregnates those he loves with life. He fertilizes their dormant potential.

He guides and provides and, at times, carries. He is the loving protector, the helper, the feeder, the discipliner.

“Joseph went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.”

Jesus is like Mary, the giver of life. He is ever nurturing, always caring. He is the merciful one with the heart for the outcast; the tender one who wept at the passing of a best friend. “As a mother comforts her son, so will I comfort you.” (Isaiah 66)

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.”

Jesus, the Lord, is my shepherd, of course. I shall not want for anything: food, warmth, direction, protection. Though I am dull, I am important to him.

He keeps me within his staff’s reach. I will not be left behind. He will leave ninety-nine others to come after me. Yes, the Good Shepherd cares for the one.

“An angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.”

Like an angel, Jesus was transfigured on a mountaintop. He radiated the piercing brightness of the Almighty. The glory of the Father was upon him. Paul writes that “the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4)

Was that terrifying? Yes. The Aslan of God, the lion of Judah, is fierce. In the words of C.S. Lewis, he is not safe, but he is good. As the angels were that night in Judea.

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.”

Ahhh. Jesus as himself. The firstborn of all creation. The image of the invisible God. The one by whom and for whom all things were created.

Jesus, the humble, born in a shed. He did not consider being God himself something to hold vigorously to.

Instead, he made himself nothing, a slave, in fact, willing to enter by lowly birth and exit by lonely death.

So, Jesus portrays his traits through every character in his arrival story. But a question remains: Will the character of Jesus be on display in the reader, as well?

Kevin Thompson writes weekly for The Boerne Star. He can be reached at kevin@kwt.info.

2 Responses to “A Christmas night dream”

  1. 1 Phillip Bell December 22, 2011 at 18:19

    Kevin… thank you for those words… especially at this time of year.
    and… Merry Christmas.

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