Just now, most of my thoughts on God seem to take me back to incarnation.
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
Incarnation is the strangest and most unique of Christian beliefs. It is the point where God becomes man. This is not a half-man half-God compilation. It is not a way of saying Jesus was so good he looked like God, nor the suggestion that he sometimes seemed like God but sometimes seemed human. Christian incarnation is God fully born, fully divine, fully man, full stop.
At the point where God seems invisible, un-reachable and irrelevant to life; Jesus is born into the world.
At the point where God seems abstract, intellectual or philosophical; Jesus fully lived in our world.
At the point where God seems holier-than-thou and an insult to the realities of pain, suffering and death; Jesus died and rose again.
Today I am sharing something Edward has written. A piece he put together somewhere between strumminging ukelele and watching Dr Who. I think it’s rather good.
It seems to me that people always remember Jesus’ birth, and then his death, and I’m not saying it’s wrong to do that. I’m only saying that we need to realise that these two events aren’t meaningless and unconnected, that they were all part of Gods plan.
Jesus wasn’t just a kid in a manger or a man on a cross; he was a man on a mission, a mission to save the world. What he said wasn’t just for then, it shows us how to live now, and all because Jesus listened to everything God said and acted on it
God sent his son down to earth, and he already knew everything he would face. He knew Jesus would be mocked, looked down on, beaten. He knew he would bleed and eventually die, and this hurt God so much. But he did it for you. He did it so he could have a close and deep relationship with you. So he could call us his sons and daughters.
And the amazing thing is when we accept that Jesus is Lord and saver* we get the same Spirit that was in him. The same Spirit that healed, that made a thousand ears listen, and raised him from the grave, is in us. We can heal, we can preach, we can save the world!
God has freed us from all barriers, and there’s nothing to stop us, so what are you waiting for?
Go change the world.
* Edward is intentionally using the word’ saver’ where we would usually use the more conventional ‘Saviour’
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