Christmas rings with the sounds of “peace on earth, goodwill toward men”, yet the first Christmas was much closer to a covert operation as Jesus infiltrated planet earth on a quest to change the world from the inside out. Jesus knew all too well we could not be left to our own devices. We had proven time and time again we could not be trusted. Sin and selfish reigns in hearts separated from God’s life force. The Kingdom of God preached by Jesus and His followers created peace within and without as men and women, boys and girls, rich and poor, powerful and weak, slave and free yield to the reign of God over their hearts and lives. Jesus took on flesh and blood to declare war on the forces of darkness and death.
Erwin McManus captures well this spirit of Christmas in his book The Barbarian Way:
“Jesus is being lost in a religion bearing His name. People are being lost because they cannot reconcile Jesus’ association with Christianity. Christianity has become docile, domesticated, civilized. We have forgotten that there is a kingdom of darkness stealing the hopes and dreams and souls of a humanity without God. It is time to hear the call barbarian call, to form a barbarian tribe, and to unleash the barbarian revolt. Let the invasion begin….”
Jesus stated this call in a direct way saying:
“Do not suppose I came to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword” Matthew 10:35 NIV
Jesus cuts to the chase and calls all of us to lives of abandonment to His Kingdom and His vision of tomorrow.