A Great, Beautiful, Mystery.

For in Christ, all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form (Colossians 2 v 9).

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).

 

Maybe like you’d kind-of-expect on Good Friday, my meditations have been on Jesus. 

Jesus.

(Pause. Think. Thank.)

Jesus.

 

However, today, as I’ve read and prayed, I’ve not only been thankful for His death, (although I am forever thankful), but also for His life.

Not only thankful for the sacrifice of His cross, but also the way in which He put on flesh forever, out of this incredble-and-I-don’t-really-understand-it love for His exiled bride. 

Because His sacrifice wasn’t just His death, and the apparent injustice of a completely sinless man, dying for the many crimes of a depraved humanity. His sacrifice wasn’t just demonstrated when the Father turned His face away in a heartbreaking cry that tore the fabric of the Trinity for the only time in eternity and rocked the very cosmos. Now this is central. Jesus drank a cup of wrath with my name of it, and only His death declares me innocent in the courts of Heaven.

But His sacrifice was also shown in the very way that the fullness of the Deity, clothed Himself in human form and became a man. When, for the sake of love, Jesus left His Father’s throne, searching out His bride and the desire of His heart. Searching for us. Despite our sin, and our rebellion, and our adultery. He was searching for His bride. Making the way for us to be with Him.

And He put on flesh forever. He still bears the marks in His hands and the wound in His side. And they will speak of His love and mercy for us. Forever. And ever.

Jesus made Himself equal with humanity in order the identify with the lowest. He was friends with the lost and the sinful and the abandoned. He hung out with the poor. He healed the sick. He challenged the religious. He socialised with outcast women, and tax collectors, and He loved children and restored sinners. 

And after He had lived a perfect, blameless life and been rejected by those He came to save, He was crucified. His cross found in the place of the outcast, at a rubbish heap out of the city.

The Great Rescue.

 

Jaye Thomas recently wrote a song called ‘Beautiful Mystery’, and this song has been focussing my thoughts today…

 

No other foundation can be laid, no other Name by which I am saved.

No other foundation can be laid, no other Name by which I am saved.

Jesus, of Nazareth.

Great is the mystery, the fullness of Deity, dwelling in Your body.

Great is the mystery, the fullness of Deity, dwelling in Your body.

And I have seen the consummation of all perfection, and it’s You, it’s You Jesus.

Jesus, You are beautiful, wonderful, beautiful.

Jesus, You are beautiful, wonderful, beautiful.

Through You all things were made, You hold all things together.

Through You all things were made, You hold all things together.

Beautiful Mystery, You wrapped Yourself in a garment of flesh for me.

Beautiful Mystery.

Jesus, You are beautiful, wonderful, beautiful.

Great is the mystery, the fullness of Deity, dwelling in Your body.

 

Jesus, may we be forever thankful, and live lives in response to the love and grace that cost You everything. That which You willingly paid out of love for us.

 

Today, my wonderful parents also arrived for a week’s holiday! ๐Ÿ™‚ And spending a precious few hours in the sun at Dores beach with them and some of my other favourite people, was a wonderful way to celebrate thankfulness over breakfast. Here are some photos from our time… 

Happy Easter!!

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