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God’s Son Took on Flesh

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Virgin Mary and Child icon plaque

God’s Son Took on Flesh

In today’s reading, Bonhoeffer said that the Eternal Son took on flesh. He became human. What’s more, He did this out of pure grace; “our being, our nature, ourselves. This was the eternal counsel of the triune God. Now we are in Him.” [1]

We know today, from the testimony of all the Scriptures, that Jesus is at the same time fully God and fully man. Yes, that is why He came down from heaven to be born of Mary. This is the good news brought to us by the angel chorus. The Eternal Second Person of the Trinity, Creator of the whole universe, God the Son, emptied Himself of all God-ness. Took on humanity, and was born as a helpless Baby. Good news of great joy for all the people.

Jesus. Messiah. He will save His people from their sins. Fully God, fully human, at the same time. Yes, it’s a mystery. It’s a miracle.

One of my favorite Christmas hymns is “Once in Royal David’s City.” Please notice the words of verses 2 and 3. Talking about Jesus being human. And then, verse 4 tells us of the future, when we will be with Jesus forever, in heaven.

Yes, it’s a mystery. Yes, it’s a miracle. Jesus, come down to earth from heaven. God’s Son took on flesh. Amen, alleluia.

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[1] God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, trans. O.C. Dean, Jr., compiled and edited, Jana Riess (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2010), 77.

Center. The Messiah is Born!

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Monday, September 21, 2015

Jesus Mafa, Woman at the-Well, Unknown African artist

Jesus Mafa, Woman at the-Well,
Unknown African artist

Center. The Messiah is Born!

One of the vivid images I remember from Christmas-time in my childhood is that of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Linus answers Charlie Brown’s question, “Does anybody really know what Christmas is all about?” Linus repeats part of the Christmas narrative from the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke. The annunciation to the shepherds.

Linus quoted the King James Version of Luke; I would like to use the New International Version of the Bible. Luke 2:10: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.” My word—Name of God for today is Messiah.

As I used Centering Prayer today, with “Messiah” as my focusing word, my mind flitted between Luke 2 and John 4, and tended to remain on John 4. But back to Luke 2.

What did the angel say to the shepherds? A Savior has been born. The Messiah. The Lord. The Messiah is a Hebrew title for “anointed one.” This Savior, this Anointed One is special. The special-est special of ever. Of all time.

While trying to center, my mind flitted to John 4, where the Rabbi Jesus talks with the Samaritan woman at the well. Verses 25 and 26: “25 The woman said, ‘I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.’ 26 Then Jesus declared, ‘I, the one speaking to you—I am He.’”

I realized that Jesus was not only called Messiah by others, but He was claiming that Name for Himself. Savior. Lord. Messiah—Anointed One. Yes, I probably had had that insight in the past, but it came to me afresh today. Anew. With deep conviction. Praise God.

Dear Lord, Messiah Jesus, thank You for this insight. Yes, I probably did figure it out in the past, but my memory is not what it used to be. So, I forget some stuff. Thanks for reminding me of it, again. This is an awesome insight. Praise to Your name.

@chaplaineliza

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Center on Christ. (Jesus’ Last Name?)

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Saturday, September 5, 2015

Jesus Christ - clouds

Center on Christ. (Jesus’ Last Name?)

September means Centering Prayer. I’m choosing a name of God found in the Bible, and using that for my word of the day. My word—Name of God for today is Christ.

This particular Name struck me as a part of God’s Name I use on a regular basis. So regularly, in fact, I overlook the significance of it. This was the strong impression I received as I started thinking about this Name and praying with it.

Quick on the heels of this serious thought came a more humorous one: Christ is Jesus’ last name. Even though I had the initial, serious, almost scholarly thought in my head first, I rolled this funny one around, too. I could almost see a stand-up comedian in front of a mic on a small stage (a la comedy club) doing a routine about Jesus. His origins, a little about His parentage. And how His last name wasn’t really Christ after all.

But then, I gravitated back to the significance of Christ. I know it’s a Greek word for “anointed.” A translation for the Jewish word “Messiah.” Mark 1 and Matthew 1 both refer to Jesus as “Jesus Christ” or “Jesus called the Christ.” That’s straightforward enough for me.

I come back to the regular use of this Name. Its use is so common that I may be guilty of treating the seriousness—even the Godliness—of the Name much too lightly. Not that I think that our Lord Jesus expects me to cower at His Name, or His presence! No, certainly not. But, I need to explore exactly what Jesus’ Name (or, Names) mean to me.

Thank You, dear Lord Jesus, for the wake-up call. I know You are loving, caring, nurturing and patient. (God knows You need a great amount of patience with me!) Thank You for loving me, even when I make You unhappy, or even mad. Help me as I explore these different Names of Yours this month. Continue to give me insight and understanding, too. Thank You, God!

@chaplaineliza

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