The WEEKLY BLOG
2nd February 2020
The Presentation of Christ in the temple...
More than a baby,
At Christmas we celebrated Christ's birth while at the Presentation we celebrate Jesus’s first visit to the temple at 40 days old. On both occasions we think of him as a child.
It is marvellous and wonderful that he, through whom the earth and heavens were made, should shrink to the size of a child. The child Jesus is part of the story, but only part. Instead of being overwhelmed by Christ's condescension we can be condescending to him. 'What challenge can
a child present?' 'A child is safe enough'. So we may think.
I am reminded of an extract from the C S Lewis book, 'The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe' which deals with the Christ-figure, Aslan.
"Aslan is a lion - the Lion, the great Lion." "Ooh" said Susan. "I'd thought he was a man. Is he - quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion"..."Safe?" said Mr Beaver ..."Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."
'.he isn't safe. But he is good'. Mmmm.
An Old Testament passage we use in connection to the Presentation is from Malachi. Malachi speaks of the Lord suddenly coming to his temple. He goes on to say what that coming will be like. That it will be like the refiners' fire, like fullers' soap. These are used for cleaning and purifying; they change that to which they are applied.
As with any child Christ draws us to himself but then like any child, he disrupts the comfortable patterns of parents until a new pattern of living
emerges. Is Christ safe? No. But he is good.