Friday, December 22, 2006


The Word become flesh!

As the Apostle John writes this concept is incomprehensible. How can it be that the sovereign God, the Creator of all things, is able to become like us, His creation? Incomprehensible! The eternal God, who was and is and is to come, became like us in order to die for us. Incomprehensible! But this is the very thing world needed. They needed it 2,000 years ago, and we need it today.

The events of the Christmas season always seems to drive me deeper into thought about those things that are of true importance. At this time of the year I seem to see things in greater and starker relief. In many ways the world itself has become incomprehensible to me. The wars, and rumors of war, the genocide, the famines, the health epidemics, not to mention the looming environmental issues. I sit back and stare into the soft glow of the lights upon the Christmas tree, enjoy the crackle of the fire and the warmth of family at home , and I am then brought up short by the incomprehensible nature of our world.

John Stott, Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church, Langham Place in London, England, stated in a recent interview regarding his new book, "Issues Facing Christians Today,"
At the outset of the 21st century, we're faced with a bewildering array of challenges which 50 years ago we could never have imagined. On the one hand the pace of technological change has confirmed humanity's cleverness; on the other hand the persistence of global poverty remains a challenge to our sense of justice. We're increasingly interdependent globally and business opportunities abound, but rich and poor are as far apart as ever. We're addressed as consumers rather than as citizens in a material society of great sophistication but with little sense of purpose. The unintended consequences of our actions have caused environmental problems which seriously threaten our future together. Although the threat of nuclear war has receded, we're having to come to terms with the rise of global terrorism, the advent of the suicide bomber, and the resurgence of violence which is religiously inspired. The breakdown of the family, particularly in the West, has laid heavy burdens on single parents, has threatened the cohesion of the community and in many cases has led to a sense of alienation amongst young people. We're confused about the nature of human identity, and this confusion can be seen both in the destruction of life through abortion and euthanasia and in our intention to create life through genetics and cloning.

Now, more than ever, we need this incomprehensible Word to live in and through His church. We need Immanuel!

Kyrie Elesion!
Lord have Mercy!

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