Thursday, October 28, 2010

Amazing Truth

Have you ever had an "Aha" moment for something you already knew, but in the new way it was framed you were struck afresh?

Just this morning I was given a small Christmas Devotional entitled, "The Light of the World: Experiencing the Splendor of Christmas" by Dan Schaeffer (published by RBC ministries).

While the account of Christ's birth is millennia old, what struck me today was this phrase:
"One of the most amazing truths of Christmas is that God's entrance into our world reveals that much of what we think we know about God is wrong."
Allow yourself to mull over that phrase for a while and then consider that this is actually great news. It means that many common assumptions about how we develop or maintain a relationship with the God of the Universe works contrary to our basic assumptions.

For instance many people today tend to believe that if only their life is 'good enough' they will enter into heaven someday. While on the outside this looks like it is a comforting thought, the reality is that no one can actually explain the criteria that would be used to determine 'good enough.' What this creates is a feeling of uncertainty. . ."am I really good enough after all?" Instead of being comforting, comfort slips away.

In reality, Christ came that we may have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). Certainty and comfort can be the real possession of people in this life and it all flows from God's gift to us through Christ. . .

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