The Bizarre Plot of Christmas.

I re-watched Back to the Future recently... turns out that movie is pretty weird. Its quirky and charming but when you try to explain the basic plot to someone who hasn't seen it, you end up sounding ridiculous.

For example: the protagonist is a 17-year-old high school kid named Marty McFly who's best friend is Doc, a 60-year-old, disgraced, nuclear physicist who invents a time machine. A glitch forces Doc to double cross some terrorists so he can get his hands on some plutonium because that’s the only power source capable of producing the 1.21 gigawatts needed to power the time machine (obviously). So these terrorists want their plutonium back and they come after Doc and Marty and in all the commotion, Marty escapes but is inadvertently sent back to the year 1955; forcing him to figure out how to get “Back to the Future” without disrupting the early stages his parents’ romantic relationship so that eventually they will get together and concieve him.

Such a bizarre concept. Perhaps only trumped by the acutal events of Christmas. Because when you explain the plot of Christmas out loud... it sounds pretty ridiculous as well.

An infinitely powerful, morally perfect, creator God enters the world as a human... but not as a conquering king or a political leader, not even as an adult. The God of the universe enters the world as a Jewish infant, born into poverty. That infant grows up in obscurity for 30 years, He gives no speeches, performs no miracles. He then selects 12 blue-collar peasants to invest his time and energy in and after his public ministry begins - really at the height of his popularity, right when his message is starting to gain traction - He’s murdered. And all of this was done for the expressed purpose of saving people who do not deserved to be saved.

The story of Christmas could almost pass as the brain child of 80's sci-fi screenwriters. Except, of course, that it's not fictional. It actually happened. God took on flesh and moved into our neighborhood so that he could redeem and save us.

That really happened! God is with us!

May we never forget how wierd, bizarre and perfect Christmas is.

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14

Merry Christmas,

Bubby Bryan, DOC
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