MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016
Our Saviour died to save and renew human bodies. – Matthew Lee Anderson (Founder of the Mere Orthodoxy blog)
Key Bible Verse: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14, KJV)
Dig Deeper: Hebrews 2:14-18
“And the Word was made flesh.”
God took on a human body.
Though Christians have been dwelling on this fact for nearly 2,000 years, it remains among the most impenetrable mysteries of human existence. The God who had spoken the world into existence and who upholds the heavens by the word of his power, ate and slept as an infant. It was, as T. S. Eliot once put it, “the impossible union of spheres.”
If ever there was a question about the goodness of the physical body, the incarnation of Jesus Christ definitively answered it. It was a singularly unique moment in time, an unrepeatable event that altered history so profoundly that we still measure time by our distance from it. God gave himself away to man, dwelling with him not as an angel or an alien, but as a creature formed from the transient weightlessness of dust. But the dust and the clay took on an unparalleled dignity and glory the moment God himself entered it.
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