In conversation with someone recently they asked me formally ‘ are you looking forward to Christmas’.I mentioned it would be nice to relax at home but I also said that most people ignore what Christmas really means . I tried to use a symbolic example for this person to understand. I said’ imagine if there was a big party held in your honour but for some reason you were forbidden to attend the celebrations and the organisers of the party made sure everyone never mentioned your name. On top of this the party goes ahead and everyone is having ‘fun’ This person had never thought of it that way.
Jesus is locked out from his own birthday celebrations. His name forbidden.