Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Toast to the Invasion!

Webster’s defines in vā΄zhen as “the entrance or advent of anything troublesome or harmful”. So when Scott mentioned that he was pondering “The Invasion”, naturally my thoughts went to troublesome “things” such as the entrance of little muddy-toed boys into a freshly-mopped house. But as always, my husband’s ponderings are deeper than dirt and instead of telling you the mud-saga, I will share Scott’s worthy Christmas thoughts:

This is the time of year that Christians celebrate what C.S. Lewis termed The Invasion...

Enemy-occupied territory--that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.” (Mere Christianity, C.S.Lewis, Chapter 7: The Invasion.)

The triune God invaded this territory - putting on flesh to secure peace.

Cornelius Plantiga explains it well:
“The webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight is what the Hebrew prophets call shalom. We call it peace, but it means far more than mere peace of mind or a cease-fire between enemies. In the Bible, shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight- a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed. A state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things ought to be.
(Not The Way Its Supposed To Be, Cornelius Plantinga, 1995, p10-12)

A toast to our King, who has, does, and will fight for the peace of his kingdom…"the webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight…Shalom".

A toast to the hope of reconciliation, redemption, PEACE...

a toast to the Invasion!

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