March 08, 2011

Excerpt from LUCKY, Chap. 2: "Luck's Beginner" [The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Lucky: How the Kingdom Comes to Unlikely People.] Before the beginning, God. God, the Three in One, who sees the end from the beginning. God, who decided before the foundations of the world that Christ the Son would be the Lamb of God, slain for the sin of the world. God was not caught off guard by Adam’s sin. He knew His first image-bearers would taint His image in them by their own rebellion. He knew the people He chose to be His luck-bearers would instead become self-absorbed and syncretistic. He knew they would become a curse, a byword among the nations instead of a blessing to all peoples. He knew their eventual exile out of the Promised Land, like Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden, would only underscore the plight of all creation: a luckless world waiting for redemption, a redemption that could only come from beyond itself. And so He came. Christ entered into the luckless, joyless, lifeless world. He was born to the unlikeliest of people: a Jewish carpenter and his ordinary wife. Yet even His arrival in her womb elevated her. Because of Him, she, the scandal of her town, the subject of scornful whispers and smirking eyes, was called by an angel “highly favored … among women” (Luke 1:28 NKJV). She was blessed. Though they did not know it yet, the luckless had become lucky. At His birth, shepherds—rootless wandering rogues—were visited by a choral constellation of angels announcing good news. Like Abraham, the nomadic shepherd that God had visited thousands of years earlier; like Moses, the shepherd in Midian tending his fatherin- law’s flock, who saw a bush on fire yet not consumed; like David, the king God crowned while he was hidden in the...

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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