Becky Kelley’s music video (link below) melodically captures the beginning of a young boy’s awakening to a battle the Church has increasingly faced in the past decade. Through the song’s title and central question; “Where’s the Line to See Jesus?” listeners are freshly confronted with the clash of Christmas’ meaning and its present day practice. Viewers watch as the mist, of the glee and luster of modern Christmas celebrations, clears just enough for the young boy to realize that these traditions are missing the holiday’s central figure—Jesus.
Christmas after Christmas, as secular trends of celebration wage war against the true knowledge of Christ’s life and birth, the contrast widens between meaning and practice. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians about “arguments and high things that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God.” The music video captures the contrast in such a way where some of these arguments—packaged in red, white, and numerous fantasy stories—are weakened as the absence of Christ is felt and longing is stirred for Jesus to have the centrality He is worthy of in the holiday He has commenced.
Parents and youth leaders may find this video as a helpful resource to introduce the conversation to their children and youth groups; and these conversations might serve to do what Paul said to do in the face of those arguments—cast them down! As we address the question and seek a Biblical way to cast down every argument that exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ, the Holy Spirit will help us and lead us into all truth in our words and our practices. He loves to make Jesus famous! Then, we might possibly see find more lines to see Jesus established.
First, however, we as leaders, parents, and believers alike must evaluate how much we have yet to cast these very same arguments down in our own souls. Yes, we all love Christmas time but what does a completely Christ centered Christmas look like? Do we know? If we don’t know, how will we know what to reach for? Are we willing to ask the question and run the risk of letting God purify our traditions until all that remains is what is founded upon the Rock of Christ? Have we presented our offerings to God to let Him purify them?
The prophet Malachi foretold; “He [God] will sit as refiner…He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness.” He will help us as we personally seek and find the line to see Jesus high and lifted up. If anything, Christmas is about worship, so as we seek to worship only Him; I believe it will move us into the line see Jesus more clearly and help lead others to that line—for when He is lifted up, He will draw all men to Him!
Link to view music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=OExXItDyWEY&vq=medium
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