Don’t judge a book by its cover. That’s exactly the philosophy I avoided every time I went to the library as a child. My thought was if the book was good, wouldn’t it have a good looking cover? Seriously, how many books did you read as a kid with boring covers? Good books, good covers.
A good gift is always wrapped in good looking paper. My philosophy is one who would pick out a good gift would care about what they give. Good gift- good paper. Bad gift- messy paper.
Ok… Ok… Ok, There have been chinchy gifts wrapped in extravagant paper and incredible gifts wrapped in comics. To tell you the truth, my library is made of books that by the covers would be judged as boring.
When Jesus came to this world, men thought that the Messiah would be “wrapped” much different than He came. Some thought the Messiah would be wrapped as a king, ready to conquer. Some thought the Messiah would be born to the chief priest or scribes.
If Jesus were to come today, what would we expect Him to be? A politician? How much time do we spend looking for the hope of this world in politics? Would we expect Him to be an athlete? Our modern heroes and our role models too often come from athleticism, not character.
Truthfully, we look to the outside of man for his greatness whereas God looks to the heart.
Jesus was born in a barn. People used to say of Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown, “what good has ever come out of Nazareth.” He was not born to a member of the Sanhedrin, but instead He was born to a carpenter. He was not seen as a warrior, but instead He called Himself a shepherd.
1 Corinthians 1:21 “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.”
According to the standards of the world, the message of Christ, the person of Christ seems ridiculous. We are tempted to supplement this message, put on a different cover, and wrap the message in something that seems more palatable. Our call is not to change the message, make it more palatable, or more friendly to the world. Our call is to proclaim it as it is. A man born in humility, rejected by His own people, crucified for our sin, and risen, the victor of death.