Day 11 – Intimacy and Majesty
On: November 11, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“‘He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.’ ‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.'” [Luke 1:32-35]

There’s a risk with these verses that the words and ideas will be over familiar to those who have a reasonable feel for the Bible, and will therefore have lost their impact. Don’t let that be. They should blow us away. For our minds and belief are pulled in two directions. Vertically, the Son of the Most High (that’s God, who created the Universe, we’re talking about here) was to descend to Earth, born as a baby … to a virgin. Only the Creator Himself could engineer such a thing, surely. Horizontally, this Son was to be a King who would reign over all things, going backwards into history and forward into eternity. This is clearly a Kingdom not of this Earth. How long will you ponder that? As I write in my summerhouse,  it’s a late February morning and the sun is shining and feeling really warm. This is glorious, as it’s been the wettest, windiest winters on record. The arrival of Jesus, similarly, followed a dark period in Israel’s history and this was wonderful news for them … if they would but realise it. Two millennia later, it is just as glorious … if we will but grapple with the enormity of Jesus’ incarnation. The Creator God has not just visited Earth in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, but remains present in His people today through the same Holy Spirit who impregnated Mary. The same King that was born then, still reigns in the hearts and lives of that people, and will do so into eternity. Mary’s question hangs in the air “How can this be?”  We must answer this with a question of our own: “Will I allow this same Holy Spirit to enter my life and rule in all I am and do?”

The power of the most high will overshadow you 

What I’m about to write may offend some. If so, I apologise. But I do want to say it, as I think it’s important. The fact that God, through the Holy Spirit, engaged so intimately with Mary to give birth to Jesus, raises for me the question of the intimacy of our relationship with God. Christians tend not to talk about sex, whilst everyone else talks of little else (I exaggerate to make a point!). But God invented sex, in all it’s glorious intricacy and intimacy. In it, surely, He illustrated something of the relational joy and closeness of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And, in it’s life creating potential, He allowed us to share in His own creativity. Such intimacy is a most wonderful part of being made in the image of the God. Add in the fact that we are called to: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength’ (Mark 12:30) – ie. with all we are – and I would be so bold as to say that if I don’t experience something of this harmony and joy in my times with God, I’m missing out big time on how He wants me to know Him.

Prayer:

Father God, as You indwelt Mary, transformed her life and, through her, the lives of many, indwell and transform me, that I may bring new hope to the lives of many of the people I meet day by day. Amen.

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