But Christmas is not all pretty, either. The passages in Isaiah 25 and 65, and Rev 21, put the future glory into the messy context of judgment.
But you are those who forsake the LORD . .
Therefore I will number you fort he sword,
And you shall all bow down to the slaughter,
Because when I called, you did not answer;'
When I spoke, you did not hear,
But did evil before My eyes,
And chose that in which I do not delight.
(Is 65:11, 12)
Once again, the culture of Bundibugyo provides a graphic picture. Throughout the Old Testament, the people of Israel (and other nations) slaughtered animals, to appease the wrath of Justice, acknowledging their wrongs. Blood had to be shed, for survival, for covering, for measuring the gravity of sin. Until Christmas, the blood of Mary and that of her infant seeping into the blood of Easter which dripped from the cross. Because the making of All Things New required a judgement against all things evil, a purging, a sacrifice. Not of cows, but of God Himself.