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Communion Meditations (2016)

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.

All this 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.

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