Karl Barth once said: "Look at the face of a criminal and you will see what God sees when he looks at us." God's love in Christ was not poured out because humanity finally elevated itself to some high moral plane or because humanity was intrinsically lovable. To the contrary, it was precisely at the moment when humanity was in open and defiant rebellion, when criminal activity against the divine was at its peak, that the love of God was most clearly revealed. It is life's ultimate irony: the pain inflicted upon Jesus at Golgotha revealed God's love for the world
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.