When Jesus Interrupts Christmas

So I’ve wondered before what the difference was between Christmas and Winter Soltice, the winter festival that existed long before Jesus ever entered our world at Bethlehem. There was a lot of gift giving and celebrations, people would have elaborate feasts. In other words, are we really that different than a pagan festival that was celebrated by so many for so long?

Now I’m not against “Tickle-Me-Elmo’s” but most of us do have to admit that if you took Jesus out of Christmas not much would change. This holiday, one of the most beautiful times on the Christian calendar, has been turned into a pretty commercial thing.

And that’s why I like this video so much.

Most of the time the church is complaining about the world sneaking up and taking what was sacred and making it profane. i.e. turning Christmas into a shopping excursion. But what if instead of just sitting back and groaning we did something more like this. What if we stopped belly-aching that commercialism was interrupting our worship, we let worship interrupt our commercialism?

I love this moment at Macy’s. Think about being there just for a second. You’re looking for that gift for the great aunt that you don’t really want to spend money on, or the husband who already has more than he needs. You are stressed, tired and your feet are killing you. And you, of course are doing it, in the name of the little baby Jesus. And then this happnes.

The pipe organ that plays with almost 30,000 pipes begins to play the most famous classical worship chorus in history, and then someone starts singing right next to you, and then another, and then another.

And before long it doesn’t feel like your in Macy’s any more. Jesus has interrupted Christmas, and it feels like the world world just might be the Temple of God.

Which of Course was true all along.

About jonathanstorment

My family and I love reading, traveling, daddy/daughter dates, playing hide and seek, good music, and long meals with friends. We still miss LOST, and all four of us have Superman uniforms. We are passionate about bringing Heaven to Earth and want to follow Jesus while repainting discipleship for those around us. We are followers of Jesus and I preach at the Highland Church of Christ. We participate in something called A Restoration Movement, and we've come to realize that might be larger than we thought.

11 thoughts on “When Jesus Interrupts Christmas

  1. Thank you Jonathan for sharing this video. It did my heart good. Tears are swelling and my heart is singing. I love that all those different choral groups took part – young and old. They took back a piece of Christmas. Brilliant!!

  2. What a beautiful way to begin the week, Jonathan. Thanks and blessings to you for reminding us again what season is really just around the corner. May we celebrate and worship the King in the manner of the angels and shepherds, evicting commercialism as much as we possibly can.

    btw – I’ve kept this video in my favorites for sometime now. When weariness of heart dares to show up, I just click and worship in wonder once again. Thanks again for bringing it to the fore this morning!!

    You and Dan really brought the KING to us yesterday in your sermon and Dan’s communion devotional. You two again reminded us that he IS the King and when we come together, as well as in daily lives, HE is the center of it all. May we always worship the Lamb/King!!
    Again, I’m at loss for vocabulary other than the rather hackneyed word but it works – THANKS!! 🙂

  3. Thanks Mrs. Kathy, I am glad that you loved the video as much as I did. Dan’s thoughts yesterday blew me away as well. I loved the way he was both innovative and historic. Thanks for all your encouragement Mrs. Kathy!

  4. I actually sent this to Jim Trietsch. I would love to hear the glorious sounds such as this during our worship service from time to time. We have plenty of trained voices who could scatter out and even accomplish something similar. Our children need to be exposed to the classical pieces that glorify our all powerful God. Sounds a little like I imagine heaven.

    I’m glad you had the same response to this as I…..and believe it or not, acappella choral works can be just as grand.

  5. Awesome video and I love the idea of a random act of culture. How cool is that? Yes, I’m with you, we as the collective church should stop belly-aching on this and a host of other subjects and go out and be relevant voices in the world that we are in, but not of. I don’t think unbelievers have a lot of tolerance for their Christian neighbors always whining about what’s been stolen from them – their holidays, their country, etc. As the church, we should be bringing heaven to earth and loving our neighbors and if we did that correctly the world wouldn’t have as much appeal. . .

    Loved your post. . .

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