In a few weeks we will be watching the Winter Olympics. This year they will take place in Sochi, Russia. For a few weeks Olympic news coverage centered on the political tensions surrounding the Games. More recently terrorist attacks in Russia have stirred media speculation about violence possibly marring the Games.
|Abanindranath Tagore’s “Journey’s End”|
|T.C. Steel’s “Road to Schleissheim”|
Now at a literal level, we can say that the wise men just took an alternate route. They had been warned about Herod’s murderous intentions and did whatever they could to keep the infant King safe.
|Gustave Courbet’s “The Wheat Sifters”|
The way of performance and reward didn’t work any longer. Now they had met a savior. They understood the way of grace.
Unless. Unless we take a very different sort of road. Instead of placing all our bets on the quality of our own performance—even our moral performance and spiritual practices—we can rely on a savior’s performance. What God achieves for us and through us and with us in Christ.