We cannot begin to take in new ideas except in terms of what we already know. That is why to a certain extent we are conditioned by our past; reason why whoever forgets his past suffers from amnesia.
If there is doubt in the minds of some erstwhile African Christians – and which has pushed them into atheism or panentheism – it is the presentation of Jesus Christ as a “whiteman!”
The Saviour of all mankind cannot be racial on grounds of skin pigmentation. The Christ of faith has the colour of the people to whom he comes.
This reminds me of the story of “The Boy who painted Jesus Black.” A lot of water went under the bridge before his painting gained the first position it deserved.
In some of our congregations Jesus Christ is still painted as a whiteman, as if Jesus was a whiteman.
Jesus is colourless because his Father is colourless.Jesus Christ has come to the world as “the true light that gives light to every man.” “Every man” refers to people of all colours.
Light has no colour except by description. Light as a metaphor connotes purity, clarity, trsnsparency, objectivity, justice, righteousness, truth, etc.
When we are far away from the above, we cannot recognize him. That is why John says “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.”
We must know him before we can recognize and receive him; if not he will remain a stranger in his own home.
However, to those who receive him and believe in his name, “he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Have you recognized him? Have you believed in his name? If yes, you have seen his glory, “full of grace and truth.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ I receive you and believe in your name. Thank you for making me a child of God. Amen!
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you! Merry Christmas and happy New year!
Rev. Babila Fochang.