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What difference between BC and AD?

5 May 2011 2 Comments

One thing that always used to puzzle me, even before my own personal life-transforming encounter with the living Son of God, it’s that even unbelievers have to date each day from the approximate appearance of Jesus Christ into the world. What is that most people even unknowingly refer to, when they write today’s date on their documents? They are counting the years since the birth of Jesus Christ, which means that today (May 5, 2011) should be about 2011 years since Jesus was born!

When trying to pinpoint any event in History, people all over the world have to date it either BC (Before Christ) or AD (Anno Domini, meaning “Year of the Lord”), according to whether it was before or after Christ, placing the birth of Jesus at the very center of man’s history! You might argue that it was just some powerful man in the past that simply forced the world to accept his way of dating History, but I have a feeling that beyond it there might have been a divine touch, because the destiny of mankind, and of every one of us, really does revolve around the appearance of Jesus Christ, both into the world, as well as into our lives!

Think of it, even the first book ever to be printed when the press was first invented, which has been a bestseller ever since, read by a large majority of people all over the world and recognized even by its worst critics to contain some of the oldest manuscripts of History, is divided into Old and New Testament! The Old referring to historical events that happened before the birth of Christ, and the New to the first few decades after His birth!

What’s interesting about it is that the Old Testament contains recounts of ancient History that have guided archeologists to uncover some of the most treasured historical sites that still today are visited by tourists from all over the world! Likewise, the New Testament has inspired the artists of the Renaissance to create some of the most appreciated pieces of arts that are also being visited by millions of people all year long!

Like powerful magnets, these historical sites and pieces of arts have been attracting entire generations of visitors from all over the world, of all cultures and religions, both believers or non, to travel across the nations in order to marvel at their sight. Millions of these every day look at them and have to think back to the appearance of Christ into the world as the major catalyst that separates the old from the new and its placed at the core of man’s History!

What makes it so? What separates the old from the new? What has Jesus Christ ushered into our world? How did His appearance make a difference in History, but more importantly how can it do so even in our own life? To answer some of these questions, there might be those who think of the social conditions, ideas and values that prevailed in ancient times, comparing them to those that today’s civilizations have universally embraced since Jesus Christ appeared and taught us to “love our neighbor as ourselves” (Mar. 12:31), but I think it goes so much deeper than that!

When I say deeper, I think of a “surgical operation” that God did in the core of the universal laws that governed the destiny of mankind, replacing what was called the Old Testament, a divine document that had been “written on tables of stone by the finger of God” (Ex. 31:18), with the New Testament, a “better covenant” (Heb. 8:6) that has since been “written by the Spirit of the living God; not on tables of stone, but in the tables of our heart” (2 Cor. 3:3).

Just changing the ideas and values of mankind is not enough, as we can see by the horrors that still today continue to be perpetuated by those who have not yet been changed in the core of their beings! But God promised to change our hearts, when He said: “A new heart will I give you, a new spirit will I put within you: I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26).

That’s what makes a difference, not only in History, but especially in our lives! That’s what changes the old into new! The Bible says: “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (1 Cor. 5:17).

Not only History, but even our lives can be dated BC or AD, Before or After Christ! What about you? What are you referring to, when you think of your life? Are you bound by some “old covenants” that keeps you stuck in the past, or are you are willing to let go of the old and receive the new that God is offering you? He says: “Remember not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing … I will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:18-19)!

If you turn your life to Jesus, and let His Spirit write God’s new covenant of grace in your heart, you will start moving towards your destiny and fulfill the purpose for which you have been created. His Word says: “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:12)!

Let go of your BC, and move into your AD! That’s what will make a difference in your life!
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  • Nancy Slocum said:

    Dear Renato,

    Thank you for such wonderful insight and thought provoking questions for believers and non-believers alike. It caused me to think that the one hand and Word of Almighty God made all mankind, regardless of tongue, tribe, nation, creed, or beliefs. Now the question we must ask ourselves is will we choose (even though He created us with such magnificent diversity and uniqueness) to have His same heart and become one united family? This is how it will be in heaven should we choose to accept Jesus, God’s perfect sin sacrifice, as our Lord and Savior! There is no other way we can become one family except from accepting God’s original intention.

    Blessings to all!
    Nancy Slocum´s last blog post ..VISION FROM JESUS- TAKE ME AWAY!

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