12th June 2011

True Grip On Reality

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20-21 (NIV UK)

A 90-year-old lady was becoming increasingly fearful that death was closing in on her. So she went to see her doctor and told him about the aches and pains she was experiencing. The doctor gave her a thorough examination, and when she returned a week later to hear the results, the doctor told her that she was in remarkable condition for her age.
Unsatisfied with his assessment, she reminded him about her aches and pains. The doctor replied, “Well, that’s what happens when you get up in your 90s. I can’t make you any younger, you know.”
The lady looked him in the eye and said, “Doctor, I don’t want to get younger. I want to keep on getting older.”
This woman had a grip on reality.  We all know we’re going to die, and it’s all too easy to let the fear of death dictate how we feel about life.

I recently saw an interview with a professor of theological ethics who was asked if he thought 9/11 changed the world. He replied: “No, it is 33 ad that changed the world.”  That thought resonated within me and continues to do so—we need to narrate our lives in light of Jesus Christ, the son of God, not 9/11.

The Apostle John gave us three important themes in his first epistle. He told us: God is light; God is life; and God is love.  That’s the true grip on reality. Whoever follows Jesus walks in the light. Whoever believes in Jesus has crossed over from death to life. And whoever knows Jesus knows love.

The Father sent the Son into the world not to condemn it but to save it. If anyone really wants to see the true light and experience love and true life, then step into the circle of reality with Jesus and focus on him. Jesus gives the true grip on reality.

Holy Father, thank you for the willing once and for all sacrifice Jesus made. His covenant of grace, peace and mercy, extended to all, enables us to live as Jesus lived, through Jesus in us, our true reality. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Joseph Tkach 

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