It seems both perfect and far-fetched. An article from National Journal talked about a developing technology that would allow naval vessels to refuel at sea. “There’s nothing new about that,” you might say. “Tankers have pulled alongside ships for refueling for decades.” That’s true, but this article revealed that this new breed of ships would be equipped with technology that would not use diesel but seawater for its fuel. See? It’s like I told you – perfect and far-fetched.

My natural skepticism leads me to think this is some kind of fantasy thinking. There are always people and companies who have these great ideas to make things safer and cleaner, but we always seem to find out that the cost involved on making such a switch would be prohibitive. Perhaps this new seawater-as-fuel idea will go the way of so many other modern miracles finding itself shelved and forgotten, but then again maybe it will be the next big thing. It may be far-fetched or it may be perfect.

That’s the way some people view the gospel of Jesus. The gospel is the good news that Jesus is God who came to us as a baby, lived a perfect life, died on a cross, was buried in a borrowed tomb, and was raised up on the third day. Jesus conquered death and hell. He opened the way to eternal life for all who would believe in Him. Doing good works or being super religious does not save us; instead the Bible tells us that we are saved by God’s grace through believing in Jesus.

Some people see the good news of Jesus as perfect. Others see it as far-fetched. Where do you stand? There is no better time than this Christmas season to answer that question. “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)

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