“Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou art eternal life.” John 6:68
Persons and events come and go with the relentless march of time. That which today seems important and crucial may be completely forgotten tomorrow. Persons regarded by their contemporaries as influential and powerful are forgotten, as if they never existed. History brings and then carries away everything with itself, it brings forth and then abandons to oblivion. Everything appears temporary and relative, even we ourselves. But by His constant presence and action in history God, through what only appears like a meaningless course of events, prepares the way that leads toward a predetermined goal. By His entering into history He has transformed history so that particular events are not relative and temporary, but on the contrary, they are unique, unrepeatable and of crucial importance both for God and for man. God’s presence in history cures history itself of its natural pessimism. History becomes no longer its own coffin.
And precisely here and now, for over the two thousandth time we will celebrate and remember the event that divides history in two; the event so significant that we count the years from it. Over two thousand years have passed since that night when history’s greatest miracle took place in that cave near Bethlehem, when the Son of God Himself came and put on flesh and became like one of us and “dwelt among us.” (John 1:14) Jesus Christ is none other than the eternal and uncreated Son, the Word or Logos of God, through Whom all things were made. Since that night nothing in human life and history is as it was before. The “Sun of Righteousness” (Malachi 4:2) was born to us and all the depths of human fallenness and struggle against God have been filled by His warmth and light. From that night on, all human life and the history of every nation is changed. Christianity was poured into the everyday way of life. Lives and souls themselves, become Christianized. No matter what area of life in whatever period of time we examine, we always find somewhere a core of a Christian vision and understanding of life and the world. Christ is an inexhaustible Source of vitality and optimism for any who declare themselves for Christ.
God’s perspective corrects all. The only clear perspective we can have on things is determined by our relation to the Lord Jesus Christ. The only way to know whether a person, nation, or time period is coming, or going, or getting lost, is by reference to the Lord and His judgments. No human criterion, no earthly calculation, no system or theory, no opinion, power or desire can provide the perspective needed and provided by God. The Son of God becomes the Son of Man. That is a tremendous, earth-changing event. Whether we believe or not we belong to God. Whether we understand it or not, or feel His presence or not, or rejoice in that presence or not, He exists. He is God, He is Lord, even during moments of darkness and terror, when God doesn’t seem to exist, He still exists. When failure overcomes us, when all efforts seem fruitless. when our life seems to pass in vain, Christ is still Christ. He is there for each of us no matter what happens. He exists irrespective of our capabilities, capacities, and comprehension. We might imagine God is small, but God is great. We might think God does not hear, but He hears. And he has given Himself entirely for us, so that there can remain only one possibility of failure: to break off my relationship with the One Who Exists (Ex.3: 14). He is Life – Life Evermore. This is the nature of our calling. This is what He promises us (Rev. 3:21). Each one of us and each one of us together. We need only to stand firm. To stand firm in the Body of the Church. To stand firm, that means to keep our eyes fixed firmly on God. God’s perspective corrects all. Peace. Christ is Born!