Slumdog Savior

John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”

I believe that in the opening scenes of “Slumdog Millionaire” we get one of the best pictures of Christmas. It’s a pretty graphic scene, in which the boy wants to see one of his heroes, so he jumps into an ocean of human waste. As he climbs out you can barely see him through the filth, and most people watching get sick to their stomach. But that’s just what Jesus did – He climbed into the mess with us, the mess that we created. He covered Himself in our waste. “The dear Christ entered in.”

As I get older I become more and more amazed at what Christ did, because as I get older I become more and more frustrated with this body of flesh that I reside in. I want to get ridof it . . . . and He willingly took it upon Himself.

Not only that, but after covering Himself in human waste, He allows Himself to die in it. If that’s where His story ended it would be pathetic. Valiant – but pathetic. However this is not the end – He rises . . . . clean. He blows off all the filth in the most powerful display of God’s love and power in human history: the Resurrection.

He rises clean – and if we are crucified with Him we will rise clean as well and no longer be under the control of the flesh. What a beautiful picture – the God of all Creation entering into the human waste of man’s own making, immersing Himself in it, dying in it, but then blowing it all off in one final act of victory.

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