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Day 79: The Life of Jesus is History

by Ernest O'Neill

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Our creator made you as part of his only son so that your will and his could unite to extend in the universe the new earth that he has created from the present world that we have corrupted.  So you are here because your Maker is your loving Father and he wants you to enjoy developing his universe with him and his only son.

When you surprise yourself by some generous or unselfish act or you think how lucky you were to 'escape the bullets', you're experiencing the benefits of your creation as part of the Creator's son.  He imparts his own attitude and triumph over death to you whom he foreknew from the beginning of time to nudge your will towards his.  How long this may take is known only by him, but is determined by you alone.

It is all possible because he really does live outside time: when he was on earth, Jesus said "before Abraham was I am - he rejoiced to see my day".  This is why Paul wrote to the Colossians "he is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities - all things were created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."

In other words, our Creator committed himself to making beings capable of loving and being loved and this meant giving them free wills that could respond to him or reject him.  But as there is nothing apart from him, this meant choosing non-existence.  Only his own son could survive that with his eternal life, so these beings had to be created in his own son.  That triumph over the nothingness of death is the meaning of Christ's cry of dereliction "my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me!"  It is why Paul wrote: "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which he has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them".

If we had never had the choice of God or nothingness we'd have no free will and therefore no possibility of loving.  But if we had had no way to survive nothingness, we'd face only extinction, however we were created originally in Christ, and he "tasted death for every man" so God himself in his son bore the unbearable extinction which he foresaw us choosing from before the creation of the world and "in Christ reconciled the world to himself".  This "steadfast love never ceases" and proclaims our Maker's bearing our choice of nothingness until we eventually end his pain.  Thus all things work together for the good of conforming us to the image of his son until he in you and me takes authority over the universe in the coming ages.  So we "work out our salvation, for it is God that works within us both to will and to do of his good pleasure” as his Son imparts through our transformed lives the beauty and order that will extend his infinite universe.

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