I am writing this on the eleventh day of Advent, so my thoughts this month have been especially drawn to the coming of True Light into this dark world. Why did He come? What eternal purposes were involved? To me, one of the most profound statements on this subject is found in John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” The incarnation speaks of the revelation of glory, grace, and truth. Each of those words merit deep meditation, but I want to reflect especially upon the third one: truth. God’s eternal purpose in sending His Son into the world was to express truth.
I suppose it should be obvious that we live in an ocean of lies. Our entire world lies in the power of the evil one (1 John 5:19), who is the very father of lies; there is no truth in him. Yet, I find among even the strongest of believers (as well as in myself) a tendency to believe things which are patently false, such as finding identity and security in the accumulation of possessions. I am feeling more secure when I see the Dow rising, and I am finding my self-worth diminished because my Droid 3 is now over three years old and is slower than my friends’ IPhones. Lies, lies, lies! [Read more…]