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It’s not the thing itself that’s small…

“…It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)

This is one of those verses that I’ve done way too much skimming through. I’ve read it before; in fact, I’ve read it many times. I’ve heard it preached. I could probably almost quote it. And yet, it was only a few days ago that it really struck me.

Israel is a pretty small slice of the globe. If you look at an atlas, it can be easy to see why, “Well, of course it’s too small a thing for Him to be a light to them alone. There’s so much more planet to think about.” But have you considered what it takes to “restore the preserved ones of Israel”?

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Word of Life Meeting 11

Today’s meeting was so much fun! We were discussing the end of chapter 6, still on the topic of Jesus being fully God and fully Man.

This is a statement that can quickly put our little Western mindsets on tilt. We want so badly to make it make sense and to line up with our limited ability to understand. However, I love Oden’s comment that only things that are dead can be dissected. Jesus is quite alive (praise the Lord), so trying to scrutinize Him with our logical methods is an exercise in futility.

History has more than proved this to be the case. Even church fathers, who approach Christology with a heart of faith, struggle to find language to discuss it. Classic theology is full of admittedly flawed analogies and painstakingly worded creeds to try and clarify exactly what it is we do and do not know. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Word of Life Meeting 9

This meeting has seriously become a high point of my week. I love this group and I love this topic!

Today we talked about chapter 5 of Word of Life, “The Manner of God’s Coming.” It is an entire chapter dedicated to the virgin birth of Christ.  I have to admit, when I saw the topic of this chapter, I thought to myself, “But we already spent four or five weeks talking about the Incarnation — shouldn’t this be covered already?

Not quite. There are many layers of significance in the fact that Jesus chose to be born in such a unique way. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Loving, Giving, Saving

There is a critical truth that many Christians can quote, but not nearly as many actually think about. It’s easily dismissed as “that thing we learned in Sunday School,” considered so elementary that it’s now trivial. Sometimes we even roll our eyes at it, because it’s showing up on yet another cheesy bumper sticker or sandwich-board sign. But in reality, it is one of the deepest, most profound revelations in Scripture.

I’m speaking, of course, of John 3:16.

I’ve been meditating through the book of John for our Christology Bible study, and have been stuck on John 3:16 for a little while. Here on Christmas Eve, it only seems appropriate to take some time and write about it. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, God giving us His only Son, I’ve loved looking at what that entails and what it says about His heart. What I’m about to share with you is only a little bit of what I’ve been journaling in the prayer room — I definitely encourage you to take this verse and run with it on your own, and see how it hits your heart.

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Word of Life Meeting 8

We had a good meeting today, and several people were able to come, despite nasty icy winter-mix weather. Yes, it’s true, we’re a bunch of troopers. 😀

Because the people who could make it this week did not include the one person who could make it last time, there was quite a bit of overlap in our topic of conversation. So we covered a lot of the same territory, which was just fine with me. When talking about the Incarnation, it never hurts to hit the same subject more than once. Go read Word of Life Meeting 7 if you’re interested in our discussions on “the scandal of particularlity”.

In addition, today we wondered aloud about what Jesus’ inner life must be like. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Something for which to be Thankful

With Thanksgiving come and gone, I have had some time to take stock of what I’m thankful for. Many things come to mind. There are the basics of life that God has been so faithful to provide for. There are the people in my family whom I love dearly and who have been such a place of safety and support for me all my life. There are my excellent comrades here at the House of Prayer, whose company I have particularly enjoyed over turkey dinner… and turkey dinner again… and leftovers. There is the fact that God has set me as a “watchman on the wall,” getting to spend my life before Him in prayer and service.

Yet because of the studying I’ve been doing lately in Christology, one thing is standing out to me above all. Perhaps it sounds a bit cliche. Perhaps it sounds a bit religious. But I can’t help myself; it’s completely blowing me away this year. I’m thankful that God became a Man.

Meditating on the book of John has been absolutely undoing me. Who is Jesus that He would become so utterly humble, so near to us? What kind of pure humility and love does it take for the uncreated God to assume human flesh forever? What kind of beautiful Sovereign would voluntarily constrain Himself to the body of a baby, coming into the world through the messy and common avenue of birth? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2007 in Bible, Gospel of John, Heart Stuff

 

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Word of Life Update (plus random d’oh moment)

First, the Word of Life update.

Only one of our ladies was able to make it today. We had a good talk about the Incarnation anyway, starting with Jesus’ family life. What must it have been like for your older brother to be literally perfect? How can you look at the boy you watched grow up, the boy you’ve played games with, the boy who had to learn how to spell His own name and drive a nail straight into a piece of wood — and then come to the conclusion that He really is God? For a time, Jesus’ brothers couldn’t do it (John 7:5). But we know at least two of them (James and Jude — see Galatians 1:19 and Jude 1) eventually came around.

We also talked about what Oden calls “the scandal of particularity”. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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