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The Source of Real Power

The Source of Real Power

December 25, 2009

Washington is obsessed with power, or the illusion of it, which is not the same. Power here is self-centered and incapable of changing a life in meaningful ways.

Contrast this with the birth of Jesus. There is nothing weaker than a baby. His humble surroundings would have qualified his family for a government program.

Yet he possessed real power: the power to reach our deepest need; to be forgiven of our sins and to enjoy a relationship with god impossible without him.

Mao Zedong, who killed millions in his pursuit of earthly power and whose body now lies in a grave while his soul is in hell, once wrote that power comes from the barrel of a gun. No, it doesn't.  Real power comes from an empty tomb.

The manger led to the cross and the tomb, but it also led to a risen Christ who is alive and who makes us alive when we receive him. When meek souls who receive him, the dear Christ enters in. Merry Christmas!

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.