This Christmas I Want To See Jesus Riding On His Horse

As I sat back in my recliner last night my four-year old son, Josiah, approached me. I was easing the pain of a newly inflamed slipped disc that has seemed to be playing the bongos on my sciatic nerve the past couple days. Almost everyone has noticed I’m walking with a sizable limp, less like a 29-year-old young man and more like an elderly arthritic woman with a plastic hip.

The daily news blared in our living room. As talking heads heralded shootings, fiscal cliffs, and injustices worldwide my little boy approached me. He was holding his “action” bible, an impressive work with DC comic illustrations peppered among Old and New Testament commentary.


“Daddy, I want to see Jesus riding on his horse.”

It was from the Revelation portion, the end of story: a conquering warrior King wielding a sword riding atop his white horse while leading an angel army into a fierce battle with a snarling multi-headed red dragon.

“I do too, baby,”

I said as I took the book and strained to lift him up to my lap.

My son doesn’t understand the weight of recent news. And he has been taught the wonder of the incarnation, that Ancient-of-Days-arriving-into-human-flesh-Christmas-mystery (Isaiah 9:6).

But an innocent infant who poops himself and needs his mom doesn’t quite resonate with a wonder filled boy who sleeps with his Transformers and Spider Man toys.

He already has a baby brother.

He wants to know a conquering Cowboy King with a tattoo down His thigh who slays bad guys and dragons (Revelation 19:16).

I do too.

May our baby “Christmas Jesus” never be separated from the Sovereign one who wins forevermore. As we behold the nursing babe in cave, may we also see the horrifying cross, the breathtaking resurrection, and the only King who fights and conquers every injustice on our behalf.

Forget the “war on Christmas”, Christ is a fierce warrior who is well able to defend Himself.

And in a similar way, may our prayer this season be to our heavenly Father:

“Daddy, I want to see Jesus riding on his horse.”

Bryan Daniels

Author: Bryan Daniels

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Jessica, and a father of three boys: Josiah, Gideon and Judah. I teach high school math as a job, read reformed theology as a hobby, and write this blog just for kicks. With the rest of my time I coach football and track.

17 thoughts on “This Christmas I Want To See Jesus Riding On His Horse”

  1. I am laying down at work like this; would you be happy about people getting your birthday wrong year after year and congratulating approximately 3 months too late and then ontology of that completely ignoring you as to the truth and insisting that you have no idea when your own birthdays was.

  2. Ps. God corrects those whom He loves. We can see that Christmas and the tree, the mistletoe, the Yule log and so on are clear signs of ignorance towards God’s word. It is a festival steeped in demonic symbolism and shows clear evidence of spiritual prostitution and that can be emphatically proven with the king James bible. As much ad I like festivals I SM afraid Christmas has slipped into the whores hands and is nothing more than a cash cow to make her rich.

  3. Awesome story Brian! Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Also, totally liking your style of writing, great way with words, and capturing the reader (me). Well done!

  4. all right, we focus too much on putting the baby into Christmas and forget that Christmas is about redemption–ours and the world’s. The stable led to the cross and the cross to the tomb and the tomb to the warrior on a horse…..Let’s hear it for the rest of the story.

  5. Wonderful post Bryan–out of the mouths of babes! Praying for your back (I, as an old woman with degenerating disc disease) know the pain and discomfort. I am also praying for a beautifully blessed Christmas with much joy, laughter and love to you and your sweet family!

  6. May you be blessed with peace, love, joy and the abundances of the Lord’s fruits of prosperity this Christmas Season. We love you and appreciate you for all that you do in helping to build and promote the Kingdom of God here on this earth.

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