Before Christ (BC) and Anno Domini (AD)

January 30, 2012

“…if you knew me, you would know My Father also.” – John 8:19

We’ve recently changed years. We went from 2011 AD to 2012 AD (Anno Domini – when translated means, “In the year of our Lord). Funny how we do that without giving much thought as to why the initials BC (Before Christ) and AD are used in the first place. And more interesting is that even those who claim to be agnostic or atheists acknowledge them.

Well, guess what? Who do you suppose is history’s most influential person? I believe it’s Jesus Christ. And every time we write or say the date, it’s a testimony to Him, whether everyone realizes it or not.

But it’s more important to remember that we are directly dependent on Scripture to give us the full view of Jesus. To know Jesus we need to know Scripture. Jesus said, “Do not think I came to abolish the law or the prophets. I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” All scripture, from Moses and the Old Testament prophets to the Gospels, the epistles of Paul, and John’s Revelation, reveals to us Jesus.

If we ignore Scripture, we will not know Jesus. When we choose what we like and ignore what we don’t, we get a distorted view of Jesus. We get a man-made, politically correct Jesus who is not Jesus at all. Scripture reveals the true Jesus. Jesus reveals God to us.

Get to know Jesus and you get to know God. Then BC and AD will have an even greater meaning to you.