The hope of the world

Today is the day when it all began turning around. When out of a miasma of hopelessness, hope was born.

Sometimes, maybe like me, you look at the world with a mixture of anxiety, frustration, incredulity and a nascent sense of despair at our unerring ability to mess things up! Blind sheep led by blind guides, all eager to find the nearest pit to fall into.

But then, something new comes. Something outside of us – as it ever had to be. Hope dawning, in the midst of hopelessness. Grace, kindness and mercy, unexpected and undeserved.

Hope – not in the form of a conquering army, not a new philosophy, not a society reformed with new and fairer rules. Hope – in the form of a baby. Let’s face it, only God could come up with that type of hope! A baby, another mouth to feed, how does that help a thing? Fortunately the foolishness of God is a cut above the wisdom of man. This baby holds the promise of redemption.

The truth is we are all broken people. Sometimes the cracks in the jars of our lives are more visible, sometimes less so. But they are there, and we all leak. We get hurt and damaged, and we hurt and damage in our turn. Often we don’t want to, we desire the good, but somehow our very best intentions turn sour, wrecked on the rocks of our own inadequacy and darkness.

We are all people who have eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Popular mythology aside, that fruit is not an apple. The key is in to know. In the biblical sense, to be intimate with. We know the difference between good and evil because we have all tasted the fruit of that particular tree. And the very act of eating from that tree cuts us off from the fruit of the tree of life.

And this is where the baby comes in. This baby is not meek and mild. This one holds in His hands the power to subvert all order, and through His own assumption of humanity, holds the ability to reconnect us to the tree we lost so very long ago, the tree of life. This baby is both lost humanity and the very essence of the that tree, reconnecting and making a way, when there was no way.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3 v 16

Now that – that is real hope. A hope worth surrendering your whole life to attain. And some do, whilst many do not. There is still a choice – as it was in the beginning, so it is now.

Here is the rest of that verse:

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

John 3 v 17-21

Choose wisely. This baby is your best, last and only hope.

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