Tuesday, December 20, 2011

HOW an instrument of progressive death became hope

Uni-verse 277/10,000 Galatians 2 v 20
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

The God-man separation is the ultimate curse, the ultimate penalty. When we are separated from God, we are cut off from the source of our life, the source of our power, the source of unfailing love. The God-man separation ended potentially on that accursed despicable pieces of joined wood- the Roman cross. The cross was designed to be an instrument not of swift execution like the clinically precise guillotine but an instrument of progressive death. It was to be a spectacle for all the world to see to deter the wrong-doer. But, it was also a symbol of a life of separation from God. Our life without God is but a progressive death.

History was split into BC and AD( not the secular , now fashionable BCE and CE) in that one cathartic act of dying by the sinless Christ on the sinful cross . The defining moment in our lives happens when we stop living in our BC period where we rely on our sense and senses, on our own light and our own strength. The defining moment happens when we move into the year(s) of grace (AD period). We no longer live by sight but by faith.

Everything about Jesus Christ was predicted well ahead of time: His immaculate birth, His sinless life, His ‘sin-ful’ death, His glorious Resurection and His even more glorious Return. But, nothing that He does and what He is going to do in the lives of those who believe and trust Him is predictable. It is interesting to note that this uni-verse speaks not of living by faith in the Son of God but living by the faith of the Son of God. It means we need to move from a level of faith in Jesus to the level of His absolute trust and obedience of the Father that Jesus demonstrated. Nothing, absolutely nothing can now separate us from the love of God. “I-in-Him” becomes “He-in-me”. Listen to this blessong:
Prateep V Philip

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