Sunday, December 13, 2009

wouldn't know who he was

I can see how easy it must have been for Israel to completely miss their Messiah. If it were me, I hope I'd recognize Him, but I'm really not so sure. I mean, what's this baby supposed to do? Frankly, the crying might get a little annoying.

But a baby it was. What a wonderful beginning to earthly life spent loving and serving. It's a bit easier to see that now.

If Jesus came today, many of the professed Christians I know wouldn't recognize Him. They're too busy fighting to keep nativity scenes legal and whining whenever a Wal-Mart cashier tells them "Happy Holidays." Gotta keep those pesky gays from marrying.

They need a powerful King to lead their fight. A president. A CEO. They need someone to embody their political gospel. A baby just won't do.

Sweet little Jesus Boy —
They made you be born in a manger.
Sweet little Holy Child —
Didn't know who you was.
Didn't know you'd come to save us, Lord;
To take our sins away.
Our eyes was blind, we couldn't see,
We didn't know who you was.

Long time ago, you was born,
Born in a manger low,
Sweet little Jesus Boy.
The world treat you mean, Lord,
Treat me mean too,
But that's how things is down here —
We don't know who you is.

You done told us how, we is a tryin'!
Master, you done show'd us how,
even when you was dyin'.
Just seem like we can't do right,
Look how we treated you.
But please, sir, forgive us, Lord —
We didn't know 'twas you.

Sweet little Jesus Boy, born long time ago.
Sweet little Holy Child,
And we didn't know who you was.

1 comment:

Kurt Willems said...

A baby completely undercutted their view of a great warrior king that would come! A baby, was subversively the king... but of an entirley different empire. In fact, this baby would be put to death by the empire of the day... as you put it, the CEO's of the day :-)