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Echoes of a New Creation

Illicit drugs, drunken revelry, sexually charged parties. All these are endeavors to encounter certain thrilling pleasures. They are alluring and appealing, and they are unable to deliver the satisfaction they promise. Every party ends. Every high comes back to reality, often nauseatingly and body-wrackingly. Every sexual endeavor concludes, sometimes with unintended consequences.

Why do we continually throw ourselves into such short-lived excitement? Because we long for life, we long to encounter something that is higher and more alive than our day-to-day experience.

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest.” Jesus Christ said this of himself. Jesus astounded and infuriated the religious leaders of his day when he told them he was an eternal being; never created, but having been always existing. John, who spent much time in the presence and teaching of Jesus wrote, “All things were made through him. . . In him was life.”

 

Be still for some moments and ponder these claims, for they are astounding. If yet hesitant to embrace them, be not too quick to disregard them. If Jesus is who he claims to be – and I embrace that he is, he has, then, the supreme authority and insight into how we can satisfy our desires while avoiding ruin. He is the “something” that is higher and more alive than our day-to-day experience. He is the eternal God; through Jesus Christ our bodies and minds and desires were designed and created.

Through Christ reconciling the world, we have been given the opportunity to take on eternal living, to take on  – after death in this world – a life that is free from boredom, free from hangovers, free from heartbreak, free from disease, free from getting old. We all will finish our days in this current world of difficulties where everything comes to an end or to a disappointment. When we embrace the claims of Christ, we receive a life that gives a satisfaction that does not end.

Kurt Larson is inclined to writing out words and music as a way of wrestling with and growing in understanding of truth. He tends toward melancholy and introspection, and is thus grateful for the palette of personalities of his friends and family to help him better understand life. As much as Kurt enjoys the exhilaration of music, he is deeply grateful for the peace of early mornings and quiet evenings and groves of trees.