James 1:17-18 (NIV) 17. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
I like the “he chose” part. He chose to give us a new life through the word of truth. That’s really pretty radical. He didn’t give us evil, but he allows it. Why? So we could choose. Oh, the angst of choice, the consequences of choice for the community of man.
And yet, we can chose to accept the gift – we can be forgiven. Two others hung with Christ that day. It wasn’t an accident. One made it, recognizing Christ was who he said he was. One didn’t, mocking to his last breath. Such can be our love for our savior. As it begins, so it continues.
Luke 23:34 (NIV) 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
Rolling dice for a man’s estate – his clothes were all he had, all the early goods he wanted. As it begins, so it continues.
Here we stand. We can accept the never changing perfect goodness of God, or we can reject it. We can be the first fruits and radically change the world to align with his vision, or we can succumb to evil and continue to align with it’s vision.
As it begins, so it continues. It begs a question – which of the two crosses are you on?