“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. And God created people, beloved people, to walk with him and talk with him, and to care for and rule over the earth. But through arrogance and deception the rule of man was corrupted and intimacy with the creator was broken. That which was light became dark. That which was right became wrong. Balance became imbalance and down became up. Dominion of the world was taken by those who held the most power, those often most unfit to rule.
Throughout mankind’s history, God would try to reach his people, try to restore relationship with them. To heal their wounds and right their wrongs. But the human heart is stubborn and prideful, slow to offer and even slower to receive forgiveness.
Yet, this is not a story of chaos and rebellion. For God is a great God, clothed in majesty and splendor, holiness and justice; perfect in love and mercy. Worthy of every song and all praise given to Him. He would not let his creation destroy itself. So when the fullness of time came, he took on the form of a slave and, being made in the likeness of men, joined with humanity.
He came to man bringing the good news that the kingdom of God was near, but he didn’t just bring the news – he lived the news. He befriended prostitutes and tax-collectors. He healed lepers and extended a loving hand when the rest of the world had shunned them. He came to bring light into the darkness and to turn the world upside down so that it could once again be right side up.
[This is a little something that I wrote this week that was wonderfully spoken by my friend Jessie as an intro for Here I Am To Worship (imagine it being read by Lady Galadriel… who Jessie could be if she had pointier ears and more magic).]