I thought I might do a little something, this year, that would help me focus on what this season is really about, and maybe it could help you, too. I’m going to take the story of Jesus’s birth, found in Luke 2, and go verse by verse, 1 through 24, to see what happens. Here we go…
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. ~ Luke 2:20 NIV
We all want it, and there was a time, I think, when we pretty much took for granted that whatever we were being told was, in fact, true. Now, though, it seems there is an underlying skepticism that causes us to qualify what others tell us. And the amazing? Well, here in the 21st century, if it sounds too amazing to be true, it probably is.
That’s sad to me, but a reality, when truth is defined by the teller…when truth is whatever we want it to be, and there is no real standard for it. The thing is, there IS a standard. There IS one standard left in this world that is infallible, and true, whether we want to believe it or not.
Jesus, God’s Word, made Flesh.
Jesus, the way, the TRUTH, and the life.
And, in instance after instance, just as in the case of the shepherds, everything that was written within it’s pages happened just as it was told. And why?
Because the Lord is incapable of lying…and that’s good news.
Great news, in fact, because He’s promised you and me a few things. Things like never leaving or forsaking us, and plans for good and not destruction, a future and a hope. How about strength in our weakness, supplying all our needs from His glorious riches, peace beyond our understanding, and never again being separated from Him? Or victory over death in eternal life, in exchange for faith in Him?
I don’t know about you, but that sounds like cause for praise and glory, because you can take every last promise to the bank. It all happens just as it was told, even today, in the 21st century, because it’s not my version of the truth.
It’s THE TRUTH, yesterday, today, and forever.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.” John 14:6-7 ESV