Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Promise of Christ

At the beginning of creation God in the Blessed Trinity promised to our first ancestors a life united in the Divine. Satan promised them that they would be like God. They fell for his act and lost what was suppose to be for us for all eternity. But no sooner had that happened when God promised that the seed of the woman would crush Satan one day. All creation is the result of the love of God. Nothing exists without Him. Nothing. The paradox is that Satan offers to the world all the pleasures in it, if in return we turn away from God. God brought all the pleasures in the world. Satan brought nothing. Nothing. Satan gave the world nothing except for two things: sin and death, a pair which has its roots in pride. Pride that we are more important than Our Creator. That we are to satiate our physical bodies and give nothing to Him who created us. That we are to collect things and gain power and give nothing to the One who is responsible for it. God promised us His Only Begotten, that even as we sinned He would die for us. Jesus in His complete obedience to the will of the Father demonstrated it when interrogated by Pilate. He acknowledged Pilate's power- even the power to kill Him - that this power that had been given to Pilate by His father. When the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us full of grace and truth we hung him on a tree . Satan offers the world nothing because he cannot offer it anything, he brings nothing to it. He is all smoke and mirrors. Christ offers the world eternal life. Unfortunately many people worship Satan and all the earthly pleasures he pretends to offer, while Jesus is left in the tomb.

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