It is unusual for someone like Jesus to die for someone like you and me. The innocent, sinless Creator of all life, died for His death-deserving enemies? The Sinless, dying for the sinner? Jesus Christ tasted excruciating death that we may taste eternal life (Hebrews 2:9-10). The glory of this good news is so heavy that even holy angels long to look deeply into it (1 Peter 1:10-12).
During a recent dishwashing experience, something happened that I think may be a first in history. I got a bacon splinter!
You read that correctly. I tried using my hand to clear a rack that I use to cook bacon in the oven (picture a rack placed above a cookie sheet that allows the grease to drip onto the sheet). Suddenly, my cleaning and deep thinking were painfully interrupted. I looked at my finger and there it was. Hardened, dried bacon pierced and lodged into my finger.
We’ve all heard of splinters from wood, but bacon? I thought, “No one is going to believe this happened. This is just too unusual.” My wife laughed, but then we tried for about an hour trying to get it out, to no avail. So, I walked around with a piece of pork in my finger for a whole day.
Do you find all of this unusual? It definitely is! It is unusual, but not untrue. And this phrase carries some truth for Christianity. The world often says that the claims of Christianity are far too unusual, silly even. However, unusual does not equal untrue.
Here are some components of Christianity that are both unusual and true:
The Creator of Man Became a Man
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made…