Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Rescue...

Our discussion last night at hungry took us to place of "understanding a rescue"... It's pretty obvious that there is something about a book, a movie, or story that gets our heart pounding when a dramatic rescue is taking place. Someone giving up something or risking something just for the sake of something or someone else... That gets us going...

Jeff pointed out there has never been greater "giving up of something" than when Christ left his place in heaven... I really do wonder what that was like when The Father turned to Jesus and they both knew what lied ahead. I mean he had heard all the prophecies... He new exactly where this road led... All for a people that would in large reject Him... Can you imagine for the first time feeling cold... Hungry... Reliant completely on the very humans he created.

But then the rescue... not just death on a cross for the forgiveness of sins... But also teaching us how to live... how to care for one another... to restore fellowship between us and God... So that we could somehow know this "mystery which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" - (Colossians 1:26-27)

Hopefully we can go into this Christmas season not just celebrating a birth... but celebrating the greatest, most sacrificial, most life-changing rescue of all time...

1 comment:

jda said...

amen! and i also love your thoughts on rescue not just being rescued 'from' something, but rather 'to' something. we are rescued to a life fully awakened to Christ, the author and perfector of our faith, and who calls us to action. he doesnt rescue us to be safe and secure and one day by and by we will fly away to heaven....no, he rescues us to his mission and revolution....one that i can hardly sit still about....to life more and better than we've ever realized.

word.