June 22, 2020 - The Gospel

Someone once asked, “Is the universe friendly?” A good question, actually, if you think about it, because we are part of the universe and it would be nice to know what it’s like.

Well, the Gospel answers it, because it tells us that the God who created the universe, and who sustains it (at last count about two trillion galaxies, with about 100 billion stars each; you do the math), came down and assumed human form in the person of Jesus, and died on the cross for our sins. This is what the incarnation of Jesus is about: God Himself becoming a human being. And the Gospel itself is about God, as this human being, bearing our sins.

“Never will it be forgotten that He whose power created and upheld the unnumbered worlds through the vast realms of space, the Beloved of God, the Majesty of heaven, He whom cherub and shining seraph delighted to adore—humbled Himself to uplift fallen man; that He bore the guilt and shame of sin, and the hiding of His Father's face, till the woes of a lost world broke His heart and crushed out His life on Calvary's cross.”( GC 651)

Think about what this idea really means. God, the Creator of all that exists, became a human being, which would be astonishing enough in and of itself, but, then, as a human being bore in Himself the sins of our world, all our world, even the sins of those who would never accept Him?

How do we fully grasp this idea? How do we even truly approach it? And when we do, how are we to respond other than, well, worship?

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