Can we truly understand God becoming man? And we aren’t talking about a man with modern day comforts. He came at a dark, turbulent and bloody time in history. And He willing - even after tasting heavenly glory and perfection- came down and humbled Himself. What a love and cost.
Likewise, do we really understand the reason for His incarnation: His crucifixion for our sins? How could someone so good and perfect and innocent be allowed by God to go through such a horrible and violent and agonizing death? Peter didn’t understand- would we in that moment? I doubt it.
It was the most unjust, horrible, and broken part of history when the sinless Creator hung on that cross. How could anyone understand the meaning or think anything good could come from it?
Unless they remembered the promises. Unless they saw how God crafted the whole nation of Israel - from its birth -to point to Christ. Hallelujah.
Israel knew these promises better than anyone - but I don’t think there was a single one that looked at that cross as the sky darkened and saw hope. Only a dead end. Shattered expectations. A perfect tragedy. And his haters saw an ill-gotten false victory.
But then - as only God does and can do - He brought a night of mourning into a joyous morning. With the most dark evil the world has seen He brought the greatest good and gift: salvation. Salvation that the saints and angels will sing about for the rest of time. Salvation that exalts and shows the character of God to leave us speechless. Glory.
God does and allows things we simply don’t understand. But isn’t that just like Him? He does and uses things we don’t understand to accomplish things we cannot comprehend. And the incarnation and crucifixion are ultimate examples of this. And you and I are examples. Our lives and circumstances are examples. We have testimonies and trials that show and have faith in the fulfillment of this promise. .
Pondering this quote our pastor quoted today in his powerful sermon at @realityla: "Jesus Christ knows the worst about you. Nonetheless, He is the one who loves you most."
***To commemorate the past 4 months in Japan***
Transition series part 1: Karuizawa - A place I didn’t expect to visit twice in Japan.
Captured: fall season with stunning lake view; not captured: my two crazy teams and all the fun we had from biking 🚵♀️ to ice skating ⛸
Getting ready for washes, but they'll take a while to dry first. Ty the amazing, wonderful, kindest and most patient husband @jonathan_werts for taking the photo. I love my dip pen, I'm sure its not the best dip pen in the world, but its a huge improvement from a typical ball point pen. Its so expressive and fun! 🍁🍂🍃🌲🌳