Get beyond the Babe . . .

They say Christmas is Christ’s birthday, but the living Jesus is rarely included in the festivities. It’s such an odd birthday celebration. It tends to either ignore Jesus or portray Him as a helpless infant. (To frequently portray a famous person as a baby doesn’t seem like a compliment.)

God sent
Not to be
An annual event,
But a daily reality.

If Jesus isn’t
Actively living in me,
Advent is just
Empty liturgy.

Jesus’ intent
Wasn’t to start
Annual celebrations
Of Advent,
But to change hearts.

The “baby Jesus”
Who is the focus
Of Advent
Is the same Jesus
Who calls us to repent.

I always found religious candles and formal talks about Advent to be boring, but the living Jesus continually sets my heart ablaze! Get beyond the babe. Activate the living, resurrected Jesus in your heart!

Photo by Jeswin Thomas on

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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