Things Accomplished

In Christianity on February 14, 2010 at 6:39 am

In our study of sacred scripture, we must always read thoughtfully; read and meditate—rather than making our priority simply to finish a particular passage or chapter.  When we read thoughtfully, the Holy Spirit never fails to bless time spent with God’s word.

Morning Bible study today provided a wonderful reminder of that.  The Gospel of Luke opens with the apparently unremarkable words:

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us . . . . (Luke 1:1, ESV)

“The things that have been accomplished among us.”  Those could be words from any CEO’s report to her/his Board of Directors. Yet think about what Luke is ready to recount.  The “things that were accomplished among us” involve nothing less than the intervention of God into the universe for the redemption of man and creation!

By the miracle of the Incarnation, and the improbable vehicle of the Cross, Jesus Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and ascension changed the course of history. Moreover, His ongoing work in us, through Word and Sacrament by the power of the Holy Spirit, transforms all of us who claim His sacrificial death as our hope; as our strength; as our merit before God.

As we begin this season of Lent, let us walk with Christ on His way to Calvary. Let us meditate on “the things that have been accomplished among us.”  Let us take comfort in that, through all that was accomplished leading up to Easter, we—through the greatness of His love—have access to His house (Psalm 5:7/8) now and eternally.

“The things that have been accomplished among us,” indeed!  That is Christianity Richly.

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