Blurred boundaries

The omnipotent becomes powerless; the omniscient is surprised; the omnipresent is limited by place:

And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching. (Mark 6:4-6 ESV)

The blurring of boundaries between human and divine, mortal and eternal in Jesus is more than the mind can comprehend.

Portrait of Christ (Walter Rane)

What a wonderful confusion sets in as the eternal Word shares finite flesh, the eternal Lord of life suffers and dies, the crucified and buried corpse rises to life, the earthly vessel ascends into heaven.

And – so intimate yet so elusive – the Spirit of God comes to dwell in us and join us to the mystery of Christ’s human and divine natures.

Meanwhile, we walk his way of the cross, marveling at and enduring a faithless and perishing age.


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