Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Madness?! This. Is. JESUS.

The one thing that's really stuck out to me from all of the posts this week is the same thing that stuck out to me from Monday's reading in Deuteronomy: this whole Jesus thing is absolutely insane!

"Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? Has any other people heard the voice of God speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived? Has any other god ever tried to take for himself one nation, out of another nation, by testings, by miraculous signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm or by great and awesome deeds like all the things the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?" (Deuteronomy 4:32-34)

I mean, seriously, this is so crazy! Who does this?! What perfectly self-sufficient, self-sustaining God comes down to our level, and exposes Himself to hurt, shame, and heart-break for the sake of love - a love He knows can never be fully returned and may be completely rejected?

And yet, the other sentiment I think we've all been scraping for words to describe is that it's all still so right. It's the craziest thing on the planet, but it's the only thing that really makes sense. The cross and everything about it is completely insane, but still so perfect.

The reading in Deuteronomy pretty much sent me straight to Isaiah 45:18, and those words have been echoing just as strongly in my mind:

I am YHWH and there is no other.

I'm basking in awe at my creator and loving every moment of it.

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