He must come to find us where we are, in whatever our condition….
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters,” Genesis 1:1-3. Hovering. Hovering over a formless, void, and deep darkness. His face was hovering. Like unto one who comes close to observe and even to kiss. This is no distant, supreme suitor. The revival of a pearly priceless kingdom dwelling within a creation not yet created - this was His passion and purpose. He came searching and finding nothingness, He positioned Himself like a Lover to extract a holy kiss - He would command “Life!” to conceive on this barren planet. He came then to find. He has come to find again…
In coming and seeing, God in flesh was not insulted and embarrassed by our exposed messes. He came humanly to our humanity. The pearl, the treasure was a matter of interaction. The kingdom would be reborn in us. In us - the dying ones. He was not pious and unmoved by our dying condition. He took no personal pleasure in comparing His Deified strength with our obvious weakness. He never commented on how ridiculous it must be to consider placing His pure Spirit in our unholy flesh and expecting a magnificent, powerful kingdom of righteousness to emerge. And the thought that reaches even closer to our heart of hearts is this: that He didn’t feel the least bit threatened by the purposeful act of identifying His Great Godship with our much less than godlike disposition and condition. We preach a gospel that begins and ends with the identification of God with Man and Man with God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. …And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the father, full of grace and truth,” John 1:1-5, 14.
Jesus Christ re-entered the human tragedy to speak once again into the chaotic mess of every human heart-shaped planet, “Let there by light,” Genesis 1:3. God came into our realm to declare that our mess deeply affected His heavenly plateau. We were not mutually exclusive of one another. Although the human race had all but forgotten its compassion for the Father, He had not forgotten His compassion for us. His flesh and blood Word to us tangibly interjected the pleas and credentials of a loving and brooding Father. He wanted us to be fully aware that our mess was His mess.
The journey that our Creator undertakes to find us is much longer than the journey we take to reach Him….