“It is not necessary that you understand”

Some profound truths in a children’s Christmas film of stop action clay- mation. (1968)

This is a show I watched a lot as a kid during the Christmas season when it would come on once year, before reruns and before cable TV; before being on You Tube and being able to watch it over and over again. What a blessing that is, when used for good videos. In recent years, I have noticed some profound things in it, even though the end speech by the lady narrator is cheesy and like a “Hallmark card” (“that one crystalline moment of laughter” – what does that even mean? I guess she meant the joy of experiencing the grace of understanding who this baby really is. She quotes “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8) and the drummer boys’ song implies that one can give his best for God and be accepted. This is wrong, and false doctrine, and seemed to teach a kind of “goodness in your heart” will make you acceptable to God” – for we must realize we cannot “bring our best to Him” – we have to realize that we cannot and all of our sin and human righteousness is filthy rags and guilt before a holy God. Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:9-23; Mark 7:20-23; Genesis 6:5; Matthew 5:21-30; Jeremiah 17:9)

But what one of the Magi (called Kings in this film) said to him was profound toward the end of the show – “I am a mortal king only; I cannot help your friend; but there is a King, among kings, He can save your friend” and after Aaron says, “the babe? But I don’t understand”; the Magi-King says, “It is not necessary that you understand. Go to Him; . . . look upon the babe, look upon the King of kings”

Even before Aaron started playing his drummer song – he looked upon the baby Christ and was changed. Later, after he plays the song, the narrator says that he realized his hatred of people was wrong. In the beginning of the story, thieves/ bandits and murders came and killed his parents and burned down his home, and he escaped and spent years in loneliness and hatred and bitterness toward people – and even says that he hated all people. I distinctly remember the anger and hatred welling up in my own heart against those murderers and bandits and the injustice of it all. I wanted revenge in my heart against them. He had a right understanding of injustice – it was unjust for those bandits to come and steal their sheep and murder his parents and burn down his house – a real evil and unjust. But there is a deep lesson here to fight bitterness in our hearts – sinful anger, hatred and un-forgiveness grows as we nurture the feelings of injustice. Only Christ can set us free from un-forgiveness and bitterness.

So, by looking upon the baby Jesus, Aaron (the little drummer boy) was changed deep in his heart; and then he could play the song (with heretical doctrine in the words, nevertheless).

“Go to Him; . . . look upon the babe, look upon the King of kings” (The Magi-King) – when he says this, it has reminded me of several verses in the Bible:

Luke 2:26-27 – Simeon was promised that He would see the Messiah before he died.

Luke 2:30 – “For my eyes have seen Your salvation”

John 14:9 – “if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father”

Isaiah 6:5 – I am undone (realized my sinfulness and dirtiness in the presence of a holy God) – “for my eyes have seen THE KING.”

So, when we really “see” Him in all His holiness and purity, then we can be born again (John 3:1-21; Ezekiel 36:26-27) Seeing Him, we are rebuked and shamed and condemned by our sin and filthiness, and then with confession and repentance and faith, turn to Christ to save us.

“Blessed are the pure in heart” can only come by God’s conversion by changing us when we realize that we are not pure and condemned and on our way to hell.

For Christians, in our growth after we have come to know God through Christ, there are trials and mysteries and sufferings that we cannot understand. “it is not necessary that you understand” is a message I am continually learning.

Psalm 131- David said, “I don’t try to figure every out; things too high and wonderful for me”

Ecclesiastes 3:11-14 – God has worked so that man cannot figure everything out.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 –

On the day of prosperity be happy,
But on the day of adversity consider:
God has made the one as well as the other
So that a person will not discover anything that will come after him.

Romans 11:33-36 – how unsearchable are God’s ways and judgements !


About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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