When we think of the word 'unravel' we imagine separating or disentangling a ball of yarn or that pesky 100' extension cord. Or we might think of a detective unraveling a case where he solves it, makes it plain, like Columbo unraveling a mystery. For example the case of the missing communion cloth was unraveled (which it hasn't).
But we can also think of unravel in a negative sense. Some people become unraveled at Christmas time with all the parties, decorating and family obligations. Here, unraveling takes you apart rather than creating order. In the worst sense of the word, to unravel can mean to undo or destroy.
As we continue in our series on the humility of God, we will look at John 1:1-5, 14 and Colossians 1:15-20. John and Paul give us the perspective of Jesus from Heaven down. Who was He before He came here? What were the implications of God becoming a man? And if I have a hard time believing in the virgin birth, the Holy Spirit, the pre-existence of Jesus, the belief that He was 100% God and 100% man, etc. does it affect the rest of my faith.
Will eliminating one doctrinal point unravel the rest of my faith or are some of these points up for grabs?
The more I study the sciences, the more I am astounded that we exist at all. Those who study the Cosmos would agree. They do not have an adequate explanation of WHY we exist. Science is not intended or equipped to answer that question. That's more of a question for philosophers and theologians. But science can help us with the question of "How". And even then, with increasing computer power, better telescopes and information from the space station, it seems that this question gets more complicated every day.
This Sunday we will be looking at the Gospel according to Luke in chapter1:26-35; Philippians 2:5-11. Luke looks at Jesus from the point of view of the Earth whereas other passages like Philippians and John, which we will look at next week, look at Jesus from the perspective of Heaven. As we continue to examine the humility of God, consider what God has to do verses what He wants to do. As Creator, he owes us nothing, but in love, He provides salvation for His lost and misguided people.
I love science! I love it because it always and I repeat always leads us back to God if we will just open our eyes. This week I heard on the radio again a discussion about 'dark matter'. It's called dark matter because it's mysterious, undefined, nonphysical, invisible and undetectable...and yet they know it's there. Hey! Doesn't that sound like.....GOD!?!?! They go on to say that this 'dark matter' definitely exists even though they can't see it or detect it (and that sounds like FAITH) and it is the stuff that holds the universe together.
HELLO! Is anybody home? We often wonder why God doesn't just come on down and reveal himself to settle the issue of His existence once and for all. But hasn't He given us other opportunities? Is He not respecting our freedom of choice, our uniqueness as human beings and the fact that we are made in His image?
If we will accept it, God regularly announces His existence through science, nature and you and me. If we will just open our minds and hearts to the possibility of His existence then the proof will become so clear.
This Sunday we will begin our Advent series entitled: "The Humility of God". We will first examine why he made us in His image...to be like Himself. How does this help define His willingness to be humble? We will look at Genesis 1:26-32 and 2:18-25.
My kids flew out today. I can't bring myself to say they 'went home'. And this is not exactly their home either. But not so unusual I guess. Holidays are filled with mixed emotions. I suppose that's why I lean heavily on Matthew 19:29 "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life." A verse that describes the risks and the rewards of following Christ. And a verse that emphasizes the permanence of the Christian family over how temporary it feels to raise and release children.
Thank you for listening to my musings. I miss my kids. But thankful for the Christian community.
This Sunday we will finish the series on "Transitions" with a look at the book of Revelation. Apart from the crazy visions that John had we have some good words from Jesus to the Seven Churches. Words that impart Affirmation, Correction and Motivation. We'll look at Revelation 2 & 3 and see what we can take away for ourselves.