Good Monday Morning to this week 52 of 2019
This morning many thoughts and ideas are out of the book to N.T. Wright, How God became King, as we launch into these next Christmas days, being drawn to the extraordinary events of the birth of Jesus.
Through the birth of Jesus to Mary and Joseph a powerful, mysterious presence of the God of Israel, the creator God, opened Israel’s story, bringing it to its climax by doing a new thing, bringing the story of creation to its height by a new creation from the womb of the old. The birth of Jesus opens the door to the “Miracle”, the divine intervention “from outside” into this world.
Jesus was born to a very difficult and dark world under the rule of the Roman empire. Jesus was born in extraordinary situations, all the difficulties known all too well to the people of the time, also to Mary and Joseph. Joseph had the role and responsibility to take care of a child that was not his own, yet full of obedience he took very best care of the child Jesus together with Mary. This plan of the almighty God to prepare the return of the King to live in this known world, in all its brokenness is a beautiful image of the path of Kingdom coming and returning. Jesus became King when He ascended to heaven and established the church. Before that time, Jesus promised and mentioned that the Kingdom was at hand. The first part of his life here on earth in the fullness of the time, the predicted age of the Roman Empire when God would establish His eternal kingdom.
Christmas offers us, not so much a different kind of human, but a different kind of God! A God who, having made humans in his own image, will most naturally express himself in and as that image-bearing person in Jesus.
If you belong to Jesus the Messiah, if his Spirit dwells in you, if you are a worshipper of the one true God, maker of heaven and earth then however you may feel at the moment, whether you are sick or healthy, successful or in trouble, you are simply a shadow of your future self. God intends to transform the “you” the you who you are at the moment into a being, a full, glorious, physical being who will be much more truly “you” than you’ve ever been before.
Jesus pointed to God in order to explain his actions as when he commanded the wind and the sea to be still and they obey him. Jesus himself the new temple, the true King, the true priest at the heart of the new creation, preparing that day when the whole earth shall and will be filled with the glory of God.
And so this temple, like the wilderness tabernacle, is a temple on the move, as Jesus’s people going out, in the energy of the Spirit, to be the dwelling of God in each place, in anticipation of the entire fulfillment of the Kingdom of Jesus.
God is also becoming King through you, the meek, the peacemakers, the heart pure people, the hungry for justice people, the people of a new identity.
When God wants to take his power and reign, putting the world to rights as he promised, he doesn’t send in the tanks, he sends in the meek the brokenhearted, the crushed in spirit, they will do in humility and hope, the world renewing tasks through which the living God is implementing His way of being King. His Kingdom project is launched in and through Jesus, the creator God began the new phase of his great world-changing project.
May you be filled with the wonder of Jesus the King being born, of the deep joy of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the Wise Men, as God becomes King through you in many renewing tasks, going out in the power with the Spirit of God the King living in you.