Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Advent Thought #5, December 3

I am reading Ravi Zacharias' Jesus Among Other Gods.   From page 45.

The primary purpose of a home is to reflect and to distribute the love of Christ.  Anything that usurps that is idolatrous.  Having been lifted beyond the prejudice of culture, Jesus repositioned for the disciples the place of wealth.  So staggering was the impact that many of them in tye years to come would leave their own homes to go to distant parts of the world in order to proclaim the heven-sent message that redefined their earthly homes.  Eleven of them paid for that message with their lives.  

The first time I walked through the noisy streets of Bethlehem and endured its smells, I gained a whole new sense of the difference between our Christmas carols, glamorizing the sweetness of the "little town of Bethlehem," and the harsh reality of God becoming flesh and dwelling among us.  Ah!  But is it not part of the wonder of God's disclosure of reality that He points to what we live with to show us what true living is meant to be?

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