Have you ever thought what our world today would be like had Christ never came? It is worth giving thought. I’m setting here today in a room full of inventions that were developed from freedoms we enjoy because of His birth. That’s true. The thought of equality of all humans, universities, hospitals, and education for children, all top the list, resulting from the birth of Jesus. It was the early Christians that gave thought to the idea of equality of women, children, and slaves. The first advent brought the True Light. From the manger, to the death on the tree, (the cross, made from wood. Christ became accursed for us and took our punishment so we could experience the illumination of grace), to coming out of the grave and ascending to the right hand of God where He constantly makes intercession for us, His completed work brought the Comforter, who leads us into all truth and reality. He shows us the things of God, and invention, discovery, and progress are a result of en theos, God within us, bringing the light. Advent brought understanding and knowledge back to man.
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:4-5
You may rant and rave all you want about how unequal things are in America, and in the free world, but the very fact that you can rant and rave at all is personal freedom, here because of the first advent. Education for children came from the Puritans wanting to teach their young to read the Bible. The monks in Ireland developed universities, which led to the Renaissance, giving freedom for liberal thought, leading to discovery and invention.
I know many will argue that religion has suppressed man’s progress. Some believe that invention and discovery were inevitable as man evolved. When? When would these take place? Had the strong nations continued to occupy the weak nations, how far back would mankind be? Those opposed to Christ would say we would be where we are now. No way. When Rome converted, the world changed. Rome converted to Christ, but not to wisdom and understanding. The transition took a very long time, a millennium. Where the gospel has been preached and received, the people have benefitted by education, discovery, and invention…and there is liberty.
“Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2Cor.3:16-17 (NKJV)
“The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” Ps.119:130 (NKJV)
Beyond all of the discoveries and invention, the entrance of Christ into our world brought the truth of God’s desire to bring reconciliation of man to Himself. God is concerned about all people, He is love. In recovery meetings, I often hear how addicts and alcoholics discovered that the God they have found in recovery is not the God they knew of growing up. They thought God to be vengeful and always angry, waiting for them to mess up so He could pounce. Not so. He sent Jesus, His only Son to give His life’s blood to wash away our sin, and make us worthy to be in His presence. All we have to do is believe in Him (Jn.3:16-17) for salvation. Our desire to share that with all people caused the world to receive light and liberty. All of the prosperity and pleasures we enjoy today are from receiving the light and sharing…another concept of Christianity.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.