Is Christ archetype or stereotype?

The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger. Luke 2:11-12

Archetypes are the original model or ideal example for things of the same type. Stereotypes are simplified images accepted as common by a particular group. Jesus didn’t fit the Messiah stereotype the Jews had constructed. Their Messiah story called for a king, a warrior,  a superhero, a recognizable deity who would improve their earthly circumstances and crush their enemies. Instead they got a baby in a manger. Some adjusted their thinking to the archetypical story God was telling through Christ, but others reinterpreted Him to fit their paradigms.  We can choose to receive Christ as archetype of Savior God with open-hands, open-minds, and open-hearts or we can insist on forcing our stereotypes of what constitutes a Savior God into His story.

Lord, thank You for the manager, the cross, the empty tomb, and the rest of the redeeming story You are telling through Jesus Christ.