The Incarnation

The Incarnation is God’s grand summons.  The Word made flesh means God wants us to become God.  But, here’s the rub!  God invites us to become God on God’s terms, not on our terms.  God is humble, not a god of violent power, strong-arm might, vengeful and arrogant.  That’s Zeus, Jupiter, or Odin – the father-god of the Greeks, Romans, and Vikings, respectively.  That is most definitely NOT the God of Jesus Christ.  Our God empties the divine self in becoming human and in dying on a cross.  Our God is nonviolent, gentle and subtle – power of a wholly different sort.  So, becoming God does not mean we can claim divine authority for our every act, much less do we get godlike powers.  To become God on God’s terms is to descend into humility, to let go of everything that gets in the way of love, and offer compassion even to the one who insults you.  Then, you are giving flesh to God!

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