Day 31’s post from the BigRead13 can be found here.
1 Timothy 2:5 for today’s reading:
For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human.
And from Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Aslan tells us he is the great bridge builder.
I suspect this is one of those concepts where those who are greater theologians than I (a group that includes 99.99999999% of the world’s Christians at a guess) have written much over the years. How can Jesus be 100% God yet also 100% man? If he is both, surely he cannot be fully both? Yet the Bible teaches us otherwise. It tells us that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”.
Just as at Christmas I found myself pondering Easter, as Easter approaches, I find myself pondering Christmas. The incarnation of God – “by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.” By becoming a living, breathing man, he became one who could die on a cross. Yet by remaining God, he was able to rise again.
As we’re almost at Passiontide, we’re starting to look towards the cross. Daring, hoping. Ashamed of our part in God’s pain which meant that he had to send his Son to us to die, yet rejoicing in the fact that he did so. Remembering that, even as we take bread and wine, we are remembering what is to come because of what has been. Realising that, despite the fact we know the end of the story, we can’t just skip the gruesome bits like you can when you watch a film on DVD. There is no fast forward. Jesus as man; Jesus as God; to know one is to know the other; we have known his humanity in the crib at Christmas; we have to focus now on the cross and share in his suffering that God can live in us as he did in Jesus.