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Myth Became Reality
If we open our hearts to it, there’s something about the Christmas story of God becoming one of us in order to give his life to save us that resonates with us in the core of our being. If we are not dulled by over-familiarity, hearing this story feels a bit like recalling a long forgotten dream. It reconnects us with something we’ve lost along the way, something we’ve perhaps given up on, something we’ve forgotten. It connects us with a primordial dream that resides in the center of our soul.
Throughout history, and in a multitude of different cultures, people have given mythological expression to this primordial dream. This is why some ancient myths faintly echo the Christmas story. Yet, as C.S. Lewis noted, the thing that most sets the Christmas story apart from these ancient myths is that we have compelling reasons to believe that the Christmas story actually happened in history (see Boyd, Eddy, Lord or Legend). Hence, Lewis argued that in Christ, myth became reality.
What he means is that Christ is the historical truth to which the vaguely similar ancient myths point, for Christ is the truth we have always dreamed about. The unsurpassable love of God that Christ reveals resonates with our soul’s deepest intuitions about reality and answers our soul’s deepest longings. In fact, the story of Jesus is the greatest love story that could ever be told, for it’s the story of a Creator God who was will to go to the furthest extreme possible – even becoming our sin and our curse – to rescue his undeserving beloved. So with good reason, Lewis claims that the story of Jesus is simultaneously the greatest myth ever told and the greatest fact of history.
This Advent season, I encourage us to reconnect with the deepest longings of our heart and allow them to drive us to the one who alone can fulfill them. Fully embrace the one you’ve always dreamed of. Give yourself over to the one in whom myth became reality.
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Christmas is Subversive…
…at least the first Christmas was. When Jesus came it was about the birth of a subversive ruler who brought a subversive kingdom. He is a king that came to introduce a reign that would overthrow the world. Click here for a brief reflection by Greg on Subversive Christmas, brought to you by Nomad.
Video Q&A: Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?
Greg discusses the origins of our celebration of Christmas and whether Christians should celebrate it given its pagan origins. Plus, he gives us some interesting new lyrics to the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Have fun!
The Real St. Nicholas
Steve Rhodes via Compfight Here’s a really funny and informative blog post by Peter Enns. We don’t want to give too much away, but it involves, Santa, St. Nicholas and Samuel L. Jackson. How can you resist that?
Jesus, the Light that Blesses
God spoke a promise to Abraham in Genesis 12 that his descendants would be a great nation and that all of the nations would be blessed through him. In this sermon clip, Greg discusses how Jesus became the new Israel that would bring a blessing to all people. You can find the full sermon as well…
The Cross in the Manger
There has been a strand within the Western theological tradition—one that is especially prevalent in contemporary American Evangelicalism—that construes the significance of the cross in strictly soteriological terms. The cross is central, in this view, but only in the sense that the reason Jesus came to earth was to pay the price for our sin…
Why Bart Ehrman Doesn’t Have to Ruin Your Christmas (Or Your Faith) Part 1
This is the first of several videos Greg put together to refute Bart Ehrman’s claims published in the article What Do We Really Know About Jesus? Greg went to school with Bart and is very familiar with his line of thought. He’s also heard of many people who have lost their faith based on his writings.…