The Power of Fire
I was sitting in church today and came upon the topic of fire. Our pastor talked about how Jesus was bringing fire to earth. The element of fire is both destructive and creative. No one can predict when nature will cause a fire and it can and will with no warning demolish anything in its path. Fire can destroy your house and all your possessions in less than an hour, and it can reduce an entire forest to a pile of ash and charred wood. It is a terrifying weapon, with nearly unlimited destructive power. Fire kills more people every year than any other force of nature.
There are few things that have caused as much harm to humanity as it has provided such a benefit. Fire is extraordinarily helpful. It gave humans the first form of light. It provides us with warmth. It can help cook a meal, forge metal tools, and form pottery. Fire is even more beneficial to our forests and animals. Fires help clean the forest floor of debris, opens up forests to sunlight, and allows trees grow healthier and stronger, thus, along with other species of animals not to become dominant over others.
After listening to some of those rewards and critical properties of fire one may ask why bring it to earth? Like fire Jesus knows he will die but also the joy or happiness that we experience every day. Jesus knows he needs to burn (e.g., fire) in order to replace on the right hand of his father.
What do you think? What else has such cynical qualities but also provides much-needed positiveness in today’s world?
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