My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Faith in Santa or Jesus?
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
(Hebrews 11:1 NASB)
This verse is the true definition of faith and according to Barnes
there is no verse in the Bible greater than this. John Chrysostom said,
“Faith gives reality or substance to things hoped for.” There is no
faith if the object of that faith is seen. When the object of hope is
unseen, then faith, according to Garvey, can exist in its fullest form!
Therefore our hope is directly in proportion to the our faith which is
either the "assurance" or "substance" of things hoped for. This word
"assurance" or "substance" are words that really mean the foundation on
which hope may be built. Therefore faith is the foundation of all hope.
For example, I believe that a place such as Beijing exists. I have
never been there, but I believe it is in China and therefore I act as if
it's possible for me to go there someday. In this context faith in
Jesus Christ and what he has done gives us hope of the resurrection and
Yesterday the news showed a large billboard placed in Times Square
which said, "Keep the Merry! Dump the Myth!"
Keeping the Merry meant to
embrace Santa Claus, and dumping the myth showed a picture of the
crucified Christ. I find it interesting that atheists would want to
keep the merry by embracing the story of a man named Santa Claus. In
other words, they do have a faith and choose to put their trust in a man
who lives in the North Pole, has elves as helpers, and travels around
the world on the night of December 24th in a sleigh pulled by eight tiny
reindeer. On the other hand we wouldn't want to put our faith in a man
who came to earth nearly 2000 years ago, who claimed to be the Son of
God the Father, who died on a cross for our sins and is currently in
heaven preparing a place for us to enjoy eternity! Honestly, they both
take a step of faith. That's what this verse is telling us. Faith
means that I do believe in things that I cannot currently hold onto -- I
hope in things I cannot see. This is the very nature of faith.
Therefore if I am going to make a choice as to the kind of faith I
choose to have, do I want to believe in the one who might bring me a
gift this year at Christmas, or do I want to have faith in the one who
came once as a gift that will last throughout all of eternity? My odds
are much better with Jesus, than with Santa! I'd rather dump the merry
and embrace the myth.
Jesus, I do believe. Thank you for your eternal gift. Amen.