Christ: “First Instance” of the New Man


That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith. (Ephesians 3:17)

The Sower. Vincent van Gogh (1888)

The Sower. Vincent van Gogh (1888)

“Perhaps a modern man can understand the Christian idea best if he takes it in connection with Evolution,” suggests C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity.

The process of evolution in literature and cinema is dominated by creatures that develop great brains and mastery over nature. “But I,” says Lewis, “cannot help thinking that the Next Step will be really new.” Lewis suggests that the greatest leap in evolution occurred about 2000 years ago with the birth of Jesus. We are living it today, and unlike earlier stages we have a choice to latch on, or not.

For creatures in earlier days, the inability to evolve amounted ultimately to a creature being lost over time — extinction. Today, our failure to respond to Christ’s offer of eternal life will cause us to lose a prize that is, in the strictest sense of the word, infinite.

C. S. Lewis believed. “Until we rise and follow Christ we are still parts of Nature… Her pregnancy has been long and painful and anxious, but it has reached its climax…  Now, the Doctor has arrived. Will the birth (this new life) go off all right?” We have the option to stay in the dark and the warmth of the womb — a tempting choice, but with death as the reward.

There is another way.

And this is what he promised us — eternal life. (1 John 2:25)

For many (2.2 billion, worldwide) this new option is being taken. We are here and there all over the earth. Some, are hardly recognizable: but others can be clearly perceived, with voices and faces that are stronger, quieter, happier, more radiant.

Our lives begin where most others leave off and must not be confused with the character of “religious people” gleaned from secular proclamations. Children of God do not draw attention to themselves. They love you more than other men do, but they need you less. Moreover, announcements of our demise are disappointing, not for us but because we know that time is short for those who fail to evolve.

Live your life. But as you do, take time to look for Christ. Do it, and you will find Him, and “with Him everything else thrown in”.

Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. (Isaiah 59:1)

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