The Shadow

"Between the idea / And the reality / Between the motion / And the act / Falls the Shadow . . . For Thine is the Kingdom"

26 December 2006

Christmas Wrap

Jesus was born in most humble circumstances and his coming was announced to fairly common shepherds, but the kings of the earth rushed to admire and worship him. It sounds like "the best of both worlds". But even better is this: God jumping into the one world he made and loves to restore it to its glory-giving-to-Him-best.

The entire globe is His handiwork, lovingly crafted and known. This is the God who made the people of Nineveh and Jonah . . . and the plant.

God 'enfleshed' is a guarantee of hope because it points to His commitment to all that He has made. God strung up then risen up is hope because it is the way -- but equally importantly now, it is the model. Consider Christ, God as man.

He was obedient to His Father in pursuit of his loving relationship with the world he made and loves. It was good enough for God to jump into and thereby, assert it was His to be cherished and made new -- perfect.

The best of God's world. What a great privilege for His humanity whom He placed at the head of His created order. What a responisbility for them.

May the author of life bless you with his peace as you seek to follow Him in His world that he treasures -- to die for.

If you love Him you will obey Him.

*** There will be no Shadows cast here for the next fortnight ***


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