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Trivialized or Tranquilized
". . . the light shines in the darkness . . ." John 1:5
The best way to deprive yourself of the power Christianity has to offer, is to intellectualize the passion of Jesus. It tones down the volume and value of the life-changing message of Jesus. It no longer leaps up at us, there's no stirring of our spirit, no pressure in our gut to cry out for change to be saved from our messy life.
The work of Jesus did not happen on a peaceful, starlit night amidst a snowdrift hillside. Rather, Jesus, the light, broke into darkness, and darkness fought back. Jesus came as a song of redemption, but the world was disturbed by His song of life and struck back. The darkness drove three nails through Him to silence the music of life.
In Him was life, and His life fed the masses out of a few loaves of dry bread. His life was light to whores rescued from the shadows of shame. His life was light which snatched the sick and the dead from the grip of darkness.
Jesus was the source of perfect joy, genuine transparency. His mind was aglow with one thought, His heart aflame with one desire, to reveal the love of the Father. But the darkness could not comprehend such authenticity. Darkness disputed the light, and waged war to extinguish it.
Everyday people in cites all around the world do the same thing with their minds. The light is either trivialized by fitting it neatly into schematic theologizing, or tranquilized by giving Jesus only a mental accent, thereby robbing the light of its true power in their lives.
In Him was the light to live by, His life blazed into the darkness. Jesus lived thirty three years to show what a life lit up with the light of God looked like. It's through His death we have the light that was in Him. It's foolish to accept Him as a teacher or philosopher only. Try to apply His teachings without the light of God within you, you'll discover only more darkness.
Let the light lead you straight to the cross, so that you can be taken from darkness into the light.