Thursday, December 18, 2014

Advent 2014

Thursday, December 18

 

"So God created human beings in His image.  In the image of God He created them.  He created them male and female.  God blessed them and said, 'Have many children and grow in numbers.  Fill the earth and be its master.  Rule over the fish in the sea and over the birds in the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'"

- Genesis 1:27-28 (ncv)

 

One may comfortably insist that the intention of the Creator was, at least in part, to find companionship and joy in that which was created - "And God saw that this was good."  The one thing in the original myth of creation that was not good was for humankind to be alone.  So God, creating in God's own image, created human companionship that was, by its very nature, endowed with the capacity to be creative as God was creative.  Humankind was given gifts to be shared in creatively shaping life on earth that would result in gladness.  The unfolding of the story reveals that humankind sought more than what was given.  Grasping for the knowledge of good and evil led to separation from God and God's dream for the creation.  The story is told time and again throughout the lives of God's people:  God attempts to redeem and humankind persists in remaining separate. 


So God created a "second Adam."  God became human and dwelt among us in the life of His son Jesus.  The dream of God was becoming flesh - a living, breathing example that would show us in unmistakable ways what God's dream for the creation would be.  It was to remind humankind that we are created in God's image - that we are endowed with creative energy that lends itself to the pursuit of quality and self-development.  The life of Jesus was one relieved of the pull of the quest for separation from God by the gracious empowerment that came from realizing that the Spirit of God was within Him.  So it is with us.  The Spirit of God is within us and it is clear to us because we know His son, we know His life, we know His death, and we have experienced His resurrection.

 

- Charlie Benton

 

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