3rd January 2012

Truth And Life

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:1 (NIV)

“While there’s life, there’s hope,” so said Cicero, the Roman politician (106-43BC).

With that in mind, the universe has always existed in hope. For when the cosmos was created, life was already here. And that life—God—has never abandoned his plans for the creation.

These plans are not hidden away, where humans have no access. “I am the way and the truth and the life” declared Jesus (John 14:6). The very author of all that exists has himself joined the creation—with the proclamation that he will personally see the “universe project” through to its final purpose.

The hope of creation is now more than just anticipation. Through Jesus, it has become fact—it is now a truth we can rely on. What’s more, this Jesus has it in mind that each of us, individually, benefits from this realisation of hope. “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

Cicero’s expression has been used down the ages to encourage people to cling on to the idea that better times will come around again. This is good and not to be discouraged, but Christians have a greater assurance than this. Jesus is our evidence that the universe is not subject to futility. There is purpose and meaning to all creation—including you, me and all who have ever lived.

Thank you Holy Father! Help us always to stop worrying and to start living freely in your hope. Give us the ability to do the good works you show us, through our lives; works you set in motion before the very creation of all things. We pray in Jesus’ Holy name.

Study by John Merchant

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