More Than History
If we get the person of Jesus wrong, we’ll get everything else wrong about the Christian life.
‘When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”’ (JOHN 8:12)
John Lennon once said that eventually, ‘Jesus would be relegated to a footnote.’ It hasn’t happened, and it will never happen – ever. After 2000 years, Jesus Christ stands as the pivot of history, split into BC and AD. Every time we write the date, we acknowledge Him. People have opposed Jesus throughout history – but His truth marches on because He Himself lives on.
Historical figures die, are buried and quickly forgotten – and some become footnotes of history. But Jesus, though He died, was raised from the dead on the third day – and today He lives. We do not follow only a historical figure, but are in relationship with the living, active Christ who through His Body, the Church, is still making His presence felt in the world today, and still transforming lives. His invitation remains the same, ‘Come to me’, ‘abide in me’ and ‘learn of me’. As we do so, we experience His presence that gives to us the ‘light of life’ that keeps us from walking in darkness and confusion.
Lord, help me to trust Your living presence in me today.
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