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The light is a mystery

Christmas cogitation part 4

We live in a fallen and suffering world. It is not God’s fault, but ours. The world was Created as a place of perfection, where the beings that God Created to share in his presence were able to walk side by side with Him. Yet, we have fallen. Sin ruined the world and we live with the results everyday.

One only has to turn on the news to see that the suffering in the world is central to experience of the vast majority of the human race. No matter how hard we try, it is simply not possible to prove that human nature is essentially good. Our choices and decisions have led us to where we are at. At the same time, there is the seed of eternity in the hearts of humanity that allows us to yearn and hope for a world that is perfect and fair. We desire and work for the world to be a better place.

Has anything worked? Is there any philosophy, politic, discovery, conception, invention or idea that has actually made the world a lastingly better place? Perhaps light comes for a time and for a small minority, but everything we do simply brings a new set of problems and a new darkness.

“The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it” (John 1:5)

We look for light and work for the good, yet all we achieve is a different quality of darkness. Alone, we are simply incapable of bringing light to the world, because we are not the light of the world.

The world was never meant to be illuminated by the human spirit. Our spirits are not sources of light, they are reflectors. All we can do as human beings is reflect that which we look towards for our life. If we spend our lives looking towards and following something that cannot give us light and life then we will simply reflect darkness and lifelessness through our lives. We can work as hard as we like to persuade ourselves that what we are doing is shining a light, but in time the evidence will simply prove that we make no lasting impression on the world. Even religion, which is humanities effort to create an alternative to the real presence of God, brings darkness to the world.

THE ONLY REAL LIGHT IS THE REAL PRESENCE OF OUR FATHER GOD! The only source of REAL light in the world is the Creator of light. God is light. Unless we look to God for our light and salvation, we will never reflect transforming light into the world. Only a different quality of darkness.

As human beings, we twist and turn and try to persuade ourselves that we are carriers of light, but it is ultimately a delusion. If we do not understand that Jesus is the light of the world then we simply do not understand the nature of light.

At Christmas, the light shines into the darkness. The REAL light comes into the world, born as a human child to open the door once more to the real presence of God so that light not only shines in the world, but floods the entire creation.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end… The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

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Before the beginning there was Jesus – Christmas cogitation part 2

Jesus was not a new idea. Whilst he was born into the world as a child, a new human being, he was not a stranger to this world. He was the Word that began creation and he was there when time and space began.

“He was with God in the beginning” (John 1:2)

Before the Creation came to its full maturity, God was. In relationship, in eternity, outside of the time, God existed. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I am not going to try and explain it here (partly because this is a blog and a full explanation would require several libraries and partly because I want to think about Christmas).

Jesus was with God, in God, part of God, God… right at the start.

Before humanity was formed and walked with God. Before the first sin of pride led to the expulsion of humanity from the garden and the destruction of the relationship that gave everyday intimacy as we walked with God. Before everything, God.

It is vital to believe, even if we find it hard to understand, that God was and is and is to come. He is not simply pre-existent, He transcends existence and time. It is the reason that the name of God is, I AM.

“In the beginning God…” (Genesis 1:1)

Were it not so, Christmas would be nothing. God is. Jesus is.

Christmas is not simply a party to celebrate humanity and niceness. Christmas is about a reconnection with the eternal God through the eternal Son by the power of the eternal Spirit.

Before the beginning of time and perception there is Jesus, who submitted to the limitations of mundane existence for the sake of the rescue of lost humanity. Christmas makes sense without this truth… but it has no real meaning.

It needs to be said and, by faith, accepted as true. Jesus is God. Christmas is about the birth of God into human experience in order to offer re-Creation to the human race.

Jesus was and is and is to come. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. And he was born.


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The Word – Christmas cogitation part 1

As we head toward Christmas there is more to consider than cards, gifts and food. As a Christian, Christmas is the festival that celebrates God interceding in the life of the world. The book of Genesis shows us the Creation of the world and the Christmas story shows us the beginning of the re-Creation of the world.

God Created the human race to live in relationship with him. The human race were blessed to walk in the perfect garden with the Creator of the universe, to name the animals and live in total freedom within that relationship. Yet humanity fell, when it chose the action and path of independence over dependence, and sought equality with God rather than unity with God.

This is the inconvenient truth that resides behind the Christmas story and makes Christmas necessary.

The Creation of the world began with a word.

“And God said, “Let there be light”” (Gen 1:3)

From the word of light came the context within which everything else could come into being. Without the light of the presence of God, nothing else makes sense.

The re-Creation of the world also begins with a word.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Gen 1:1)

The Word, which is Jesus, is the instigation and beginning of the re-Creation of the fallen world.

The solution to the problems of the world cannot be found in politics or philosophy, which are simply ideas that find their root in the separation of humanity from God. It is in the Word of God that the world, and therefore the relationship between God and humanity, is re-Created. Without the Word there is no light to lead us back to intimate relationship with the Father, Creator God.

The person of Jesus is the only path to reconciliation with God. A Word from God is the only thing that can begin Creation and, therefore, the only thing that can begin re-Creation. Thus… the Word of God!

The birth of Jesus was the plan of God for the salvation of the world. It is through the Word that the world is re-Created. Let there be… LIFE.