February 2nd is Groundhog day in the U.S. I have something kind of embarrassing to share. When I was young, I used to think that there was a particular hole in the ground in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where a few people would gather to watch a groundhog come out of hibernation and peek out of its hole. I always wondered how they knew when it would come out of its hole, and then how it could be an overcast day, sometimes raining, and the groundhog would see its shadow and head back into the hole. All I could conclude as a young child about the groundhog seeing its shadow was that the lights and the cameras of the people recording the event must have scared it back into the hole.
It wasn’t until I moved to Pennsylvania as an adult that I realized that there are several groundhogs. Almost every town had a groundhog prognosticator for the future arrival of spring and that the groundhog doesn’t actually come of of its hole! I was very dismayed.
It is a big staged event where they pull the poor groundhog out of its cage in a stump at a specified time.
The event is attended by thousands each year. I will never understand why people travel to Punxsutawney for this very short appearance of a groundhog.
The groundhog doesn’t have a chance to run back to its hole, or to wander around. In fact, this groundhog must be a real genius because the decision about whether it sees its shadow or not is written upon a scroll and read by the organizers of the event.
The most ironic part is that spring begins about 6 weeks later with the Vernal Equinox (arrival of spring) whether the groundhog sees its shadow or not!
This is a cleverly conceived fable made by man that is celebrated by many.
Some people think that the stories about God are cleverly devised myths, or fables, and do not believe there is a God. Peter wrote in 2 Peter 1:16 …
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
Peter and those who wrote about Jesus in the New Testament wrote about things they actually saw, what they participated in, and what Jesus said and did when He walked on the earth. They were not myths, or stories. They even suffered through their lives because they believed what they saw, and they believed Jesus.
There are many myths, or fables, that man tells, they are things that are not true about Jesus, or God. We see a lot of fables around the holidays. If we are going to know who Jesus truly is, then we must read His Word, the Bible.
Jesus is recorded in John 8:31-32 (ESV) as saying,
….“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
If we know the truth, then we will not follow the fables, the myths, the things that are not true, about God. We will know the Truth and it will set us free from the lies that we have been told (and other things).
Jesus is the Truth, and He is the only way to heaven, to a restored relationship. Jesus told us that in John 14:6…
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me….”
Don’t give believe the things that man makes up, believe the Bible, that God created everything, man separated himself from God, God sent Jesus to die on the cross to restore our fellowship to God (if we believe) – He died for each of us, for you, and for me – then He rose again. It is not a fable, Peter and others witnessed it, you just need to believe.
Do you believe what Jesus did for you? If so, let me know, or share it with someone else.