Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 21, No. 2. March 27, 1958
"God in his World"
"God in his World"
Undoubtedly the greatest significance of the Incarnation lies in the fact that Jesus Christ came to this earth as a man to die for the sins of the human race, of which we are all members. Thus the Incarnation has a personal importance for each of us—no one can say, "This does not apply to me".
"But the Incarnation is significant in other ways," continued Mr. MacKay, Lecturer in Classics, as he spoke at the Evangelical Union meeting on Friday, 14th March, on the subject of the "Incarnation in Relation to Us". It shows how highly God thought of man that He sent his only son to die a criminal's death for the sins of man. The recent tendency throughout the world has been to glorify man as the highest and greatest in the animal world. But surely the true worth and dignity of man is shown not so much by his being the greatest animal as by the value the Omnipotent God has placed on him.
Christ also came to this earth to show what man is capable of, to what heights man can rise. It was said of the young Jesus that he "increased in favour with God and man". Much is said today of the Brotherhood of Man in this world. But too often this attitude leaves God out of the picture. Christ certainly said to "Love thy neighbour as thyself", but He quite clearly stated that the above commandment was subordinated to the first and great commandment, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy soul and all thy mind and all thy strength". We can never love our neighbours as we ought until we love God as we ought.
Mr. McKay concluded by asking what constituted real success. Many would point to the acquisition of wealth and power as the marks of success, but these are transient and by no means satisfying. The only way to real and permanent success in this world and the next is to take up the Cross and follow Christ.
A further talk on the subject "God in the World", will be given next Friday night at 7.30. All students are warmly invited to attend.