This morning as I was looking at one of the lights in the house I was thinking about never having to change light bulbs any more. We have LED light bulbs everywhere possible in the house and they last forever. I remember not too long ago when I was always thankful there were two light bulbs in overhead lights because one could go out and you still had light. When the second one went out you went ahead and changed both bulbs and it was so bright in the room! With LED bulbs, changing light bulbs is just about a thing of the past. It has become yet another thing I take for granted – a little like Christmas.
This coming week I will preach about a virgin giving birth… and not just a virgin giving birth, but a virgin giving birth to the Son of God. We have heard it so many times it is no longer scandalous. A Facebook memory came up the other day from where I shared what a Muslim wrote on twitter a few years ago. He summed the scandal up wonderfully when he said, “Imagine believing that a woman gave birth to God, The Most High, and that He needed to be breast fed and taken care of by his own creation. Imagine believing God used to defecate and urinate on himself and had to be cleaned by his mother.” He then went on to call it lies and to praise Allah.
CS Lewis said one of the reasons he believed Christianity is that it is a religion you could not have guessed, one that nobody would have made up. The fact that it is so unbelievable makes it believable. When we take it for granted we lose some of our witness.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” ~ Hebrews 4:15