You know – let's abandon the news that's going on here in the Middle East and consider things eternal…
I was pondering today… the fact that I am a created being – made by God who is not anything like us, yet, in order to redeem me and His creation – became like His created – like me, in order to identify with us because of His love for me.
This is what Paul and Peter and John so emphatically taught – that He became Flesh.
You see, when God created the World and everything in it He made it in such a way that it lived… it grew… it sustained…
And we know that sin altered that perfect world – which included a perfect man… and death, corruption, and a starving of the soul entered in.
Do you have a memory of when you made something as a child – and you were so proud of it, and then it got messed up or destroyed… perhaps that is one of the closest feelings we can have to what God feels when we sin.
Or perhaps you have known the pain of losing a child – perhaps that's as close as one can understand God's loss at the fall.
But praise be to God, He did not abandon what we call life which He made for His pleasure. He did not totally destroy His most cherished creation – in the flood, nor in the desert, nor at Nineveh – but rather conquered sin and death by being born as a baby in Bethlehem.
I think I now understand a little clearer what it means that an all knowing – all loving, all powerful GOD – who is nothing like me, did for us.
He became flesh and dwelt amongst men – and never sinned… and died for it.
Perhaps we may come close to knowing that felling of God if we have had to give of our life for our child's…
But like the Scripture says, all creation testifies to the glory of God – and like winter that strips things bear – Spring brings things to life.
God, the Author of everything, in the mystery of the Trinity, had to seemingly become nothing – as if the One who has no beginning had to cease for a fraction of time – from the cross to the tomb which could not hold Death – and our Savior was raised back to life – everlasting.
And that resurrection power is promised to all who simply believe in our Creator's love for His creation – you and me, expressed through Jesus Christ.
Middle East Correspondent