Down To My Level
Originally scheduled for February 28
It is hard to
think about things for which you have no experience. That may be the
reason why the incarnation of our Lord is a subject which is mostly
neglected. But let’s look into it; just what was it like for Jesus
to come to earth from heaven?
It was an entry into time. God is eternal; the original meaning of
that word is that he is unaffected by time, not subject to its
boundaries. He went from that state to one in which he accepted the
same boundaries of time that we have. We cannot forecast the future;
we cannot fix the past.
He accepted the limits of space. If he wanted to go somewhere, he
walked. In his ministry he never left the boundaries of ancient
Israel, as given to Moses. We have no record have him even riding a
horse. This limit was accepted by the creator of the universe.
He also accepted the boundaries of our thought. It is not possible
for us to say how God communicates with the angels, but if he wants
to communicate with us he has to use simple English. Perhaps that’s
why he was so fond of parables; they translate well. But the fact is
that divine thought had to accept human boundaries.
could be done if he had wanted to descend and pass out a new set of
rules. After all, he called Moses up onto the mountain, wrote the
Ten Commandments, and sent him back down. He could’ve floated down,
spoken what he had to say and left. He didn’t. Why? Because he came
to seek and save the lost.
Giving us a new set of commandments might’ve been a nice thing to
do; coming in the form of a human being was an act of pure love.
“God so loved the world…” is the why of the incarnation.
Note, please, that he came to save the lost. He could’ve come to
save those who were moderately righteous sinners, people who sins
were socially acceptable. He never attempted to define what a worthy
sinner would look like. Rather, he ate and drank and partied with
the most disreputable ones he could find. If you seek and save the
lost, you get the righteous ones thrown in.
Perhaps it is divine modesty that Christ never left the boundaries
of Israel, for he was sent to the house of Israel. But to us he gave
the task of taking his message to the world; we are to seek and save
all the lost that we can find.
He did this
so fully and so completely that he even experienced the one
universal fate of each man: he died. He died a horrible death on a
cross. So it was that we saw his incarnation; we saw him seek and
save the lost and then we saw him die for us. He came down to our
level so that we might ascend to his Father’s house above. He asks
us to commemorate this in the body and blood shown in communion. As
you partake, remember what it cost him to end at the cross, after
starting in heaven.