“…Christ Jesus, who being in very nature God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:57)
Our Advent meditation this week comes from the Corpath Green Devotional Guide. Fredrich Buechner writes:
The story that Christianity tells, of course, claims to give more than just a clue, in fact, to give no less than the very meaning of life itself and not just of some lives but of all our lives. And it goes a good deal further than that in claiming to give the meaning of God’s life among men, this extraordinary tale it tells of the love between God and man, love conquered and love conquering, of long-lost love, and love that sometimes looks like hate. And so, although in one sense the story Christianity tells is one that can be so simply told that we can get the whole thing really on a very small Christmas card or into the two crossed pieces of wood that forms its symbol, in another sense, it is so vast and complex that the whole Bible can only hint at it. Where does the story of God and man begin, for instance? Biblically speaking, you would have to say that it begins with Genesis and the picture we get of the Spirit of God brooding over the dark waters of chaos before the great “Let there be light!” of creation sounded. But that amounts to saying that it has no beginning in time at all. Or where do we say that it ends? With the Crucifixion, perhaps, where man brings the story to an end by killing God, or with nuclear war perhaps, where man brings it to an end by killing himself. But the answer to this is, “Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth!” and “He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live,” so the Christian story is beyond time altogether.
Yet it is also in time, the story of the love between God and man. There is a time when it begins, therefore there is a time before it begins when it is coming but not yet here, and this is the time Mary was in when Gabriel came to her. It is Advent: the time just before the adventure begins, when everybody is leaning forward to hear what will happen even though they already know what will happen, and what will not happen, when they listen hard for meaning, their meaning, and begin to hear, only faintly at first, the beating of unseen wings. (from The Magnificent Defeat)
- As you approach Christmas, reflect upon a timeless God stepping into time and becoming incarnate as a human being.
Monday Meditation will resume in 2019
John Wiseman – Corpath Business Forums – www.corpath.ca