It is the 4th week of Advent and the priest in his sermon yesterday reminded us of the time we have experienced the divine in our lives. By requesting us to recall the darkest moments of our lives and remembering the people we approached for comfort and consolation. He related that the moments these people showed compassion and love towards us, are the moments when God entered humanity and touched us.
Feelings never last but meaningful events in our lives are remembered for eternity. Perhaps that is the reason why we need to constantly remind ourselves of the events and how God has touched us to renew our faith in Him.
A few days back, a friend of mine sent me a video of a story around the bible quote of John 3:16. It was a very good video regarding humanity and explained the quote from a different perspective compared to how I was first introduced to it.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” – John 3:16
Since the day I heard of this quote, I can only conclude that it is THE quote that many who call themselves Christians use to condemn non-believer to hell. In their quest to gain membership, this is THE quote used to instill fear in non-believer just so that they will embrace the religion.
I have refused to subscribe to such interpretation and beliefs. In my life, I have come into contact with non-Christians who have lived very good lives and to think that they are undeserving of a paradise after life is totally unacceptable.
When I recall the many challenging times in my life, some of the people who have came forward to offer consolation, help, and guidance were non-Christians. This made me believe that God uses anyone as instruments regardless of his or her religion. When God makes a way, He do not have preferences.
So when was the last time you were touched by God in that moment he entered humanity?
Perhaps, that is the message behind the birth of a little boy in the manger. To remind us that in all things great and small, God became a human not in a flamboyant way but in an unassuming manger. We should not seek signs in the melodramatic but in the ordinary.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
Indeed, the divine lives in all of us…