Advent: Into an Age of Uncertainty…

…comes the light that lights every man who comes into the world. Look at all the faith systems of man; religion, psychoanalysis, science. All human faith systems find their focus in this one thing. We want to find someone who knows deeply.

   C.G. Jung wanted God to be capable of both good and bad. The progenitor of modern pschoanalysis experienced himself as both good and evil and other humans as good and evil. He desperately needed a god who could be both good and bad, so that this god could fully experience him, Jung, as he experienced himself.

   By "god," Jung wrote, he meant the "idea of god" and not any real, personal being. Divorced from the real, moved away from the personal, the idea of god could be morphed into whatever its conceiver imagined. God could be capable of enormous good and heinous evil, simulataneously or sequentially.

   The God of Scripture (Christian) is incapable of evil. God can neither do evil nor tempt man to do evil. God rejects temptation in all its forms. God is not capricious in thought or action. In short, God is not human, though God is indeed personal and real.

   God is light and love; illumination and affection. The nature of God being eternally settled, God is able to act thoughtfully, to sacrifice fully, even to understand.

   That is, God gets us. God knows, sees, hears, comprehends deeply. God loves anyway because it is in the nature of God to love.

   Into an age of uncommon uncertainty, Jesus comes. People gravitate to Jesus because Jesus seems to know somethings other only guess. He speaks with an immense authority, unlike the teachers they usually hear. Men come to Jesus because Jesus seems to know.

   They stay because he knows and is good. He does evil to no man. He is trustworthy in word giving. He knows, he gets it and he is able to be good.

   Jesus gets us. He understands us deeply, though he remains aloof from our sin nature. He hears us, he gets us. Even so, he is himself good, and holds out to men the possibility of goodness. He defines goodness with his words and demonstrates goodness with his actions. He is what God intends man to be in every detail.

   In an age of uncertainty, God is certainly available.


1 thought on “Advent: Into an Age of Uncertainty…”

  1. Rick,
    Our worship focus through November had a commonality which I’d not done in a long time – we focused on a certain text through the month of thanks leading to Advent.
    Two lines of the musical text which we used was:
    “You are Savior and precious Friend.
    And your grace is without end.”
    We discussed that Christianity is the only little-r religion in the world which can claim its redeemer as a friend.
    Your text above which notes “In short, God is not human, though God is indeed personal and real” is so very true and worthy of more than a month of sermons.
    Thanks for a great start to December.

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