I realize that for the last 20 years or so the higher-up muckety mucks have been trying to steer our historical labels away from the cold and prickly realm of BC/AD to a more warm and fuzzy BCE/CE. (And just in case one of those aforementioned higher-ups are reading this, we see what you are doing. It’s hard to be sneaky from all the way up there in the ivory tower.) But regardless of the labels you choose for the two halves of history’s lever, the fulcrum remains the same. In other words, at some point two thousand years ago, there was a turning point in history. Some significant event occurred. And a whole lot of people not only noticed but told others as well. And that event had enough of an impact to be remembered and passed on and transferred/translated from one culture to another. I don’t think it’s too much of a leap to say that the only event (or series thereof) is the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
So as we turn the page on our calendars from 2013 A.D. to 2014 A.D., we remember that it is, in fact, A.D. … anno Domini … in the year of our Lord. This means that Christ’s reign as the King of heaven and earth has lasted another year. His dominion continues. And His dominion is over all the victories and glories and wonderment of this world as well the defeats, humiliation, confusion and sufferings as well. Our experiences don’t determine the strength or length of His ruling arm, and for that I am grateful. Granted, this gratitude sometimes comes through gritted teeth. Sometimes it comes on the heels of a fist shaken at heaven. And sometimes it goes altogether unspoken, altogether unexpressed. Yet the basic posture of the soul conquered by Christ’s dominion is one of gratitude.
Jesus has been raised from the dead and ascended to His throne as King. There is no longer anything common about this era. So let us raise our glasses tonight and toast to the reigning King. Let us celebrate the year of our Lord 2014 and give Him thanks for his faithfulness in 2013.