"If Jesus Had not Come" 


In one of His discourses in John, Jesus starts with, "If I had not come . . . "

The haunting suggestiveness of that thought is over powering.
Gone in a moment of time is a million cherry lights and merry laughs.
Just suppose Christ had not come. Suppose there had been . . .
. . . no manger birth -
. . . no star in the east -
. . . no angel rhapsody -
. . . no awe-struck shepherds -
. . . no sermon on the mount -
. . . no Healer of hurts and hearts -
. . . no reconciling Cross -
. . . no empty tomb -
. . . no empowering Spirit -
. . . no community of the caring -
 
How can I be other than appalled at the mention of a conjecture so dark,
smitten dumb in the presence of a fancy so grim?
. . . How can I envision a world without . . .
. . . the four Gospel accounts
. . . the epistles
. . . the atonement . . .
 
. . . the Calvary-place where my sin and God's holy love come together in a meeting in which the defiance of the one is melted clean away in the
furnace heat of the other.
 
. . . The promise and prophecy of a Kingdom-of-God triumph in which
"all human history shall be consummated in Christ"?
 
. . . If Jesus had not come! What mind can compass the immensity of the
gap, the vastness of the void, that would have been created in the human
story?
. . . History without the fairest Figure
. . . Literature without its richest compositions
. . . Eloquence without its loftiest flights
. . . Philosophy without its most luminous insights
. . . Theology without its Christology
. . . Servanthood for others without its model and motive
. . . Sin without a Conqueror
. . . Heaven without assurance or allure
 
Ah! But I remember another word of His . . .
. . . "I am come!"
. . . My word - what a difference!
. . . He has come . . .
. . . to Mary's encircling arms
. . . to the shepherd's wondering gaze
. . . to the Wise Men's adoration and gifts
. . . to Jerusalem's pools and path ways
. . . to Galilee's hills and shores
. . . to the classy rich and the cashless poor
. . . to the arrogant, the ignorant, the errant
. . . to the resolute, the dissolute, the prostitute
 
There has never been a coming like it. Yes, there will be another, but,
even it will not be like this one!
. . . More than an effort, it was an effect
. . . More than an attempt, it was an act
. . . More than a desire, it was a deed
. . . To reveal, to suffer, to die, to live again.
. . . To enlighten our darkness, to liberate us from our chains, to save us
from ourselves, to bring us to God and to mankind, and to heaven.
. . . That's why He came! That's why He is here!
. . . And I think He wants me -- yes, me -- to do something more than
celebrate it. Staggeringly, He wants to use me - you - us to demonstrate it.
. . . Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
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       Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.


                                                                                                                                 

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