The Absurdity of It All

Yesterday, during the worship service as we celebrated Jesus’ birth and looked forward toward his arrival, the absurdity of it all hit me. It is absurd that Jesus came as a baby. Babies can’t do anything. They are completely dependent on others. They are helpless. They get sick. They need to be fed and changed. They are needy. They are powerless over their world.

As I pondered how absurd Jesus’ arrival was, I began to think through Bible stories I know and how absurd they are. God created people knowing they would rebel. He called a nation to follow Him and all they did was make a mockery of His name. He used a harlot to deliver the spies of Israel. He used a bitter prophet to call a godless nation into repentance. Even Jesus using twelve people to change the world and then the most competent one betraying Him. And it goes on and on. It is just absurd.

But then it hit me. It is absurd that God would show me complete acceptance based on Christ and not my own effort. It is absurd to love your enemies. It is absurd to forgive those who wrong you. It is absurd to trust God rather than our own efforts. It is absurd to live by faith.

Those who have placed their faith in Christ are called to live an absurd life. It is absurd to a lost and dying world. It is absurd to logic and strategic thinking. Many things in relationships are absurd. A person who has first experienced the emotion of love does absurd things…and it is wonderful!

The challenge is to live the absurdity of this wonder out on a daily basis.

2 thoughts on “The Absurdity of It All”

  1. Twenty-plus years ago I had a similar conversation with your Grandfather about this very thing. He was very patient with me and talked me through a number of stories, both biblical and not. Ultimately, it came dow to faith. Understand that by committing yourself to Christ wasn’t “blind,” it was “sighted” or enlightened.
    The story that gave that illuminated our discussion the most surrounding “Doubting Thomas” (soon-to-be-believing-Thomas). And after Thomas was allowed to touch Jesus’ wounds and cried out “My Lord and my God,” Jesus said “Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
    John, like I told your Grandfather after his clarification, I’ve never thought much of organized religion, per se (which amusingly enough, he understood), but I am strong with Faith. I hope your entire family has a Merry Christmas and a bountiful New Year.

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