How can one give an illustration of the best illustration ever given? God illustrated his love, not by presenting an attractive advertising campaign, using a fetching model or a catchy slogan to seize our attention. God did not utilize an agency to represent himself to the world, much like actors or politicians will do. God represented himself by coming himself into our world, embodying his love for us, not with a press release, but with the flesh and blood of Jesus, pressed out for us in a life of service and suffering, ending on the cross.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.