For the last few months I’ve been astonished at God. It’s kind of hard to explain, all revelation is I suppose, but the sheer enormity of His works, the mystery of His tolerance of atrocious evil and the integrated answer that He provided through Jesus’ death and resurrection have all combined to make me wonder where a Christian like me fits into all this. And to make me afraid of any further revelation. Maybe some things are just too big to behold for too long. But since cowards have no place in the Kingdom (Rev. 21:8), I press on in..
So cue the incarnation. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory (John 1:14). Who could be afraid of a baby?
My essential question today to God is: “What is the relationship between a redeemed creature and his/her creator?” We are creatures variously described in the bible as an earthen vessel (2 Cor. 4:7); a branch (John 15:4), a member of His body (1 Cor. 12:27) but even in those descriptions there is something more than just a creature described. We contain God Himself in some way, just like the body of Mary did and the earthly body of Jesus did and now the heavenly body of Jesus does also. When you are born again a connection occurs with God that is beyond a simple creature/ creator relationship. Its the relationship of a family.
So if that is the case then why are we not all Supermen? Surely we should be imbued with astonishing, miraculous powers and be able to conquer the world, etc. I think that some of us will be if we are found worthy of that. The way we are found worthy is by continuing to abide in the crucified Christ for crucified is the way He has chosen to live through us in this age.
God is regularly misunderstood, spat at, despised and dishonoured in this world for so He has chosen that it should be. His aim is to have a remnant that love Him not because they have to, or because there is anything to gain in this life by doing so or because we will have a great position in His kingdom but simply because He loves us and is lovely. Its the great romance at the heart of a lot of films. We are being wooed by Him who appears to us in pauper’s clothes but is in fact the prince of the realm. He asks us to join Him and be like He is with the glory hidden in a jar of clay for a time.
For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Colossians 3:3,4.
He is worth waiting for and He thinks you are too.