Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Ellul: the light of Christ

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
    Ash Wednesday
    Feast of Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, Martyr, 1977
    [Jesus:] “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
    —John 3:20-21 (NIV)
    The ‘works’ done in virtue of, and in consequence of, the Christian ethic ought to appear in the light of Jesus Christ as veritable good works. Of itself the world is incapable of seeing these good works. It can only do so in this light, and we must see to it that our works proceed so directly from the action of Jesus Christ in us, that the world will see them in their true light.
    ... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), The Presence of the Kingdom, tr. Olive Wyon, Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1951, p. 22 (see the book)
    See also John 3:20-21; Matt. 5:16; John 1:4,9; 12:46; Acts 10:38; 1 Tim. 5:25
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may the world begin to see the True Light.
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