July 30th 2009

The God Of Surprises

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
John 1:1-3 (NIV)

Just under 1,500 years ago a monk named Dionysius Exiguus invented a year numbering system to assist in his publication of the dates of Easter. He started with (what he thought to be) the birth year of Jesus which he numbered as 1 Anno Domini (AD).

Anno Domini is a Latin expression, which translated means “In the year of our Lord”. I can certainly see why he would choose such a numbering system. Something really remarkable, even incredible, in fact quite fantastic, splits human history into two.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:8)

God, who inhabits eternity, is not limited by time and is self-existing. This God came into history and became human. How this is possible is a mystery to us – but God made it happen.

Then came a shock that no one expected: Jesus died. Followed by the incredible miracle: Jesus was raised back to life.

We often talk of events that change the world. Well, Jesus did more than that – he transformed the world.

The flow of life into death was reversed and the grave saw resurrection. How wonderful this is! Interestingly, God performed this in such a way that you can ignore His salvation if you wish. He won’t force you. But he does desire that you will take notice so that you too will receive everlasting life.

So why not take notice?

Dear Father, show me how I may gain Christ and be found in him so that I, like Him, will attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Study by Ian Woodley 

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