Thursday, December 30, 2021

Rieu: the Magna Carta of the human spirit

Thursday, December 30, 2021
    Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.”
    —Acts 5:29-31 (NIV)
    Let the Gospels speak. Of what I have learnt from these documents in the course of my long task, I will say nothing now. Only this, that they bear the seal of the Son of Man and God, they are the Magna Charta of the human spirit. Were we to devote to their comprehension a little of the selfless enthusiasm that is now expended on the riddle of our physical surroundings, we would cease to say that Christianity is coming to an end—we might even feel that it had only just begun.
    ... E. V. Rieu (1887-1972), The Four Gospels, London: Penguin Books, 1952, p. xxxiii (see the book)
    See also Acts 5:29-40; Jer. 31:33-34; Mark 1:1; Phil. 1:27-28
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your gospel goes forth from the mouths of Your people.
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