“Now the story of Christ is simply a true myth: a myth working on us the same way as the others, but with this tremendous difference that it really happened." - C.S. Lewis
We humans love good stories. We love stories that tap into our imagination and sense of wonder and birth in us a hope that blazes like light in the darkness of our world. We love stories where heroes overcome impossible odds and seemingly invincible enemies to rescue the world. We love stories where a man is so committed to his true love that he risks death again and again to ensure her safety and win her love.
The story of Jesus resonates so deeply with the heart of humanity and echoes the themes of so many classic human myths. These mythological echoes which ring out in the story of Jesus have caused many to classify Jesus as a myth. But both Matthew and Luke open their Gospels by firmly rooting the story of Jesus in history. Matthew opens by giving us Jesus' genealogy, so we can know exactly who His human ancestry was. Luke opens with a pledge to write "an orderly account," and then he fills his account with numerous specific historical details: the names of emperors, governors, rulers, high priests, towns, customs, etc.
So if the story of Jesus is history, why does it have the ring of myth to it? I said that the story of Jesus echoes the themes of many human myths. What if the other myths are actually an echo of the true story of Jesus? What if each of us has an ache, a longing for rescue, a strong desire to be deeply and truly loved, which pours itself into our stories? What if God Himself put that ache in our hearts so that we would long for Him? What if God sowed the seeds in the human spirit which would ultimately only find their fruit in the coming of Jesus?
This Christmas, let's look at the story of Jesus' coming with fresh eyes. Let's see with renewed wonder how the deepest longings of our hearts are met in Him and in Him alone!
Lord Jesus, You are not only the fulfillment of every promise of God, but You are also the fulfillment of every true human longing. We need the rescue and the love that You came to give us. So come to our hearts and lives afresh this Christmas, pray, Amen.
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