Jesus, full of love, entered into the mess of this world and that has changed everything. The theological term for what Jesus has done is the incarnation. Jesus, who is fully God, puts on flesh and becomes a human being. He is God incarnate, God who is one of us.
But what does that imply for us? What has he done for us? Here are a few things to think about. If God put on our flesh, what does that say about our flesh? If God became human, what can we learn about the potential of human life? And if Jesus, a human being, was fully God, what does this reveal about what God is like? And how do we see him changing the mess of this world?
Two more thoughts. Jesus invites us to follow him. And Jesus sends us, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” (John 20:21) And as we think about following Jesus, going where he leads us, how does the example of his incarnational life help?
At LoveFirst Coast, we remind one another that “Christ lives in us by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Jesus is with us wherever we go. We encourage one another to engage in “incarnational ministry.” This means that we encourage each other to go where people are with a willingness to enter into their mess in the same way Jesus entered into ours. And Jesus is with us. So, it is still about Jesus arriving and entering into people’s messes, making them different.
This Sunday night, we’ll look at this more closely. We meet at 6:45 in the St. Johns Room at Faith Community Church (3450 CR210, 32259). Come and be encouraged and equipped for life in community and life on mission!