Thursday, 25 December 2014

The only certainty is Christ

I wake early on Christmas morning, but not alas excited by opening my presents (neither of them!). In fact the computer by the bed 'accidentally' started playing some music at 5.55am. I wake with the words of Archbishop Justin Welby spinning in my head. He had been a guest on Desert Island Discs last week and I'd listened to the podcast yesterday. The words? 'The only certainty in life is Christ'.

They seem rather abstract and a tad mystical, but they were spoken in response to Kirsty Young's questions about the death of the Welby's firstborn 7 month old daughter Joanna, who had died in 1983 in a road accident. Indeed she pressed him on some of the sorrows of the day
, such as conflict, Ebola and other tragedies (I thought of the runaway bin lorry in Glasgow and the heartbreak of a family losing parents and a child at a stroke). He quietly and calmly said,
'It is a reminder of the uncertainties of life. The only certainty in life is Christ, everything else is contingent'
The only certainty is Christ. What might that mean? I guess the love of Christ is a certainty as a constant, the presence of Christ never deserts us, the future with Christ is never threatened, and so on and on and on....Indeed my reading this morning reflects upon this, Romans 8.31-39
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[h] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[i]35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As Paul Tripp comments, on these words, 'sit in front of your Christmas tree and read these words out loud so that you will remember what the Christmas story is all about.'

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