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Save the World --> John 3:17
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17 NIV
God takes on flesh and condescends. Taking on flesh allows us to see, perhaps, why He defined Himself as deity; deity a subset of trinity. In taking on flesh and coming in that form, we see the simultaneous existence of God in two persons, Father and Son.
“God in two persons” is not altogether easy to grasp, to comprehend the same guy existing in two forms at the same time. Add to that a separatism which defines a relationship between Father and Son.
See John 1:1 for the deity revealed: “1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
John 3:17 focuses on the relationship between Father and Son. The Father sending His Son, whom He loved even more than I love my own, to die for me. A more familiar point of view, perhaps, the obedient sacrifice Christ made for us. An innocent, the only fleshly innocent without blemish, uniquely qualified to provide atonement for those otherwise beyond reconciliation.
Certainly we can arrive at difficult questions and challenges, many which I myself have asked, such as:
How foolish it seems, to create prospective children one claims to love, with full knowledge they will rebel and thrust an otherwise perfect creation into chaos. In effect, placing an infinite chasm between them and He. Then, compensate by stepping in and placing accountability unto Himself, all for the sake of restoring things back to where they were in the 1st place.
Might seem completely illogical, aside from inclusion of two concepts: genuine individuality and free will; concepts which would seem essential in forging a real relationship.
Either way, wherever we stand on these concepts and questions, I hope this will at least prompt some serious contemplation and thought. I thought about it quite a bit this weekend, I often do. It is a big leap of faith I must say.
I will get an extra day of rest tomorrow, badly needed. I bet you feel that way as well. Hope we all have a blessed day.
Get to sleep in, at least till 7:00 Am, which is better than usual. If I am lucky, my awesome wife will get up and take my kid out to the farm where he works. Then I can sleep even later. Get up and go to the pool; swim, soak up sun and play catch with my kid.
And think about what we discussed here today. More importantly, pray about it, and ask God to open up my heart and eyes so I can see it through His.