Monday, August 29, 2011

Newbigin: the announcement

Monday, August 29, 2011
    In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.
    —Isaiah 11:10 (NIV)
    The Christian message, “the gospel,” was the announcement first to the Jews and then to pagans that God had crowned all his mighty acts by a supreme act in which sin and death were disarmed and all the nations were invited to become part of the people of the God of Abraham. This was not the introduction of a new religion; it was the announcement that God's promises to Israel were now fulfilled and all the nations were invited to become the people of the God of Israel. All the nations, in other words, were invited to find the clue to the puzzle of human life not in the eternal truths of the philosophers but in the story told in the Bible.
    ... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), Truth and Authority in Modernity, Gracewing Publishing, 1996, p. 67 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are conquering all.
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