Despite the many signs of God’s love all around us, I still remain far from the Creator. It’s been said that, if you have never stood before your God in fear and trembling, you have never stood before your God. This is indeed how I feel when I think of the Person we call the Father. He seems so remote, so Other, that I can never hope to come near to Him. How can we possibly relate to someone or something so far outside the realm of our experience. How can such a distance ever be traversed, such a chasm ever bridged?
Then however, we come upon the great evidence of God’s true nature in the Person of Jesus. What kind of God would suffer for humanity? What kin of God would allow Himself to be debased and humiliated by His own creation? What kind of God would stoop to save such a world as this? There are only two possible answers to these questions. Either God is totally mad or God is completely and utterly loving and therefore no action on His part can be too much. Now by definition, God cannot be mad, since He, as creator, is the arbiter of all objective reality and therefore what we call madness would not be madness if it reflected God’s vision but would, in fact, be Truth itself. The only possible answer then is that God is totally loving in a way that beyond our finite understanding.
As I think of God, therefore, I must now think of a God who bridged the chasm between His creation and His otherness. I must contemplate a God who came to us so we could come to Him Then I must take the next step. I must consider what effect such love and action will have on me and on my life.
Final episoode coming soon ……
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