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Friday, May 18, 2007

arrival or attestation?

the questions raised in my short comment below regarding talladega nights have been mulling over in my mind for some days now.

the incarnation of Jesus, the 2nd person of the trinity, born as a baby around 4-6BC, is oft quoted (particularly around Christmas time) as the pinaccle of God's creation.

yet i remain convinced that the resurrection of this self-same man is the attestation of his messiahship, the beginning of the in-reaching of the heavenly realms into this created order; the foreshadowing of what will be brought to it's mighty fulfillment when Jesus returns, when the faithful receive their resurrection bodies. (c/f Rom 1:4, Phil2:5-11, Eph2:16, 3:11, the vibe of Gal, 1Tim4:14 et al, not even going to Hebrews!)

whilst i am still thinking this through, is it too simplistic an answer to wrap this up in saying it's the narrative, the story, mabo, the vibe?

the word, spoken to us through the prophets in the past, which became flesh and dwellt among us, has now sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

jesus is Lord before all time and now and forever. to say that he is only king because of his death and resurrection would be to deny his power in having all things created through him. likewise, it would be to say that when he descends from heaven with a cry of command, that that authority is enabled only because of his death and resurrection.

we cannot summarise our great God in a simple statement of faith, a creed, much less a three-day period in the history of the creation of the creator. what we do have are snippets, fragments of a great tapestry, like this:

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14

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