November 13, 2005Email to a FriendPrint
I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the Word of God in its fullness. Colossians 1:25
Government agencies and policy-making groups are asked to observe "sunshine laws" that are intended to make available their actions and resolutions to those who have the right to know.
God, too, is committed to "sunshine" principles. He has revealed to the world His plan of salvation. By themselves sinners could not know what God had in mind to bring the fallen human race back into fellowship with Him. God formed His saving counsel in eternity, before there ever was a sinful human race. With the coming of Christ and the proclamation of His Gospel, God's "sunshine" principle went into effect. Saint Paul speaks of God's revealed grace in Christ as "the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints" (Colossians 1:26).
God's saving grace was proclaimed in olden times by the prophets. This revelation, at first dim, was like light breaking through dark clouds. But at the fullness of time God spoke to us plainly through His Son. Jesus Christ, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, is this divine Son. He is the Light of the world, the Sun of righteousness with healing in its radiant light. Through Jesus Christ God emits His sunshine. He reveals to us His wondrous grace, the forgiveness of all our sins, and the perfect peace we have with Him in time and in eternity. We have this because Jesus Christ became the Second Adam to atone for all the sins of the first Adam and all his descendents.
When our Lord gave instruction to His followers to proclaim the good news of salvation to all the world, He put God's "sunshine" principle into effect. He wants the whole human race to know what Christianity teaches. He wants them to shed light on what Advent, Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost are all about. Away with secrecy, even with hesitance! Let the sun of God's love in Christ shine so that a world sitting in darkness may know that the Savior is born!
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord God, for the revelation of Your grace in Christ. Help me to spread the sunshine. Amen.
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