It’s amazing, isn’t it, that everything is and that we are among the everything! Our wonderment at what we see around us and in ourselves has given rise to a myriad of questions. The most primal question has to do with origins: How did the universe, and all that is in it, come to be here?
The ancient prophecies about Jesus’ birth had all come to fruition. The King that the Israelites had rejected was with them to save them. They had wanted a human king, and now, as never before, they had one. His splendour and power were well hidden, but don’t be fooled; they were shining brightly beneath the cloak of His ordinary humanity.
You are standing amid a gathering of truth-seekers from all over Palestine and beyond, listening intently to the most radical preacher you have ever heard: Jesus of Nazareth. He has been touring around Galilee, proclaiming the arrival of God’s everlasting kingdom, healing every disease in sight, and casting out demons.
Through most of history, human beings have treasured the idea of freedom. We love being unrestricted, at ease, and able to make our own choices. When our freedom is under attack, we may fight or even die to protect it. We detest being confined or controlled against our will. We always seek to be free.
We Aussies love taking it easy, don’t we? A good number of us spend the working week counting down the days to that blissful moment when the burden of our work finally lifts off our shoulders. We exchange the customary ‘Have a good weekend!’ with our co-workers, stride cheerily toward the door, and make a dash for freedom.