By Ken Wackes December 2016
Transformational Education is the doctrinal perspective that binds CSF schools together, whether they be large or small, urban or rural, and whether parochial or outreach in their mission. It provides a biblically correct perspective of Christmas.
This doctrinal perspective understands the birth of the infant, Jesus, in a way often overlooked by some.
First: All of Christendom recites the phrase, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” That coming of the kingdom to earth was ushered in by the birth of Jesus. “Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel’” (Mark 1).
His arrival into human history burst forth with a power, although couched in an infant’s frame, that shattered the stronghold of Satan and brought light into darkness (Matthew 4).
Second: He came to earth, he said, “not to do my will, but the will of him who sent me” (John 6). At the conclusion of his earthly life he said, in that passionate and agonizing prayer on the Mount of Olives, “Nevertheless, not my will but your will be done” (Luke 22).
Jesus was the first and only one able to say those words and completely and perfectly fulfill them. Others before and after him have said those same words with passion and full resolve, but only he had the ability to fulfill them.
Third: He was the first and only one to perfectly fulfill and obey the righteous and just requirements of the Law of God (Matthew 5; Romans 8).
Fourth: By accomplishing these things — together with his resurrection— he ushered in the new humanity over which sin and death have no control.
What will we be like when we occupy the refined and restored earth? Look at Jesus. He is “the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead“ (Colossians 1). “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters“ (Romans 8).
And here is the good news: “He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1). Meanwhile, says the Apostle Paul, “we groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved” (Romans 8).
These are the amazing facts upon which every academic pursuit, every philosophic system, every understanding of human history, every scientific inquiry must be founded.