It’s hard, well, no actually it’s impossible, to grasp the immensity of God. To stand outside at night in a place where the sky is truly dark and see the immense number of stars and galaxies above you can be emotionally overwhelming. To try to think of the span of all time and how we truly cannot grasp the sense of all time and what is before our sense and measure of time and what could possibly be beyond time can simply make your brain hurt. And in these things, and anything else you may be able to imagine or cook up in your imagination, God is larger, bigger, more immense. To think something like the child’s questions, “Can God make a rock so large God can’t move it?” or, “Who made God?” is to display the limits of what we can imagine about God.
The ancient words of the Nicene Creed say, “For us… he came down from heaven.” This sort of intimacy, when you consider the immensity of God, can be almost unbearable. Yes, for us, but how? Why? This, the Gospel suggests, is what the word ‘love’ means. St John suggests that if we are willing, if we allow it, it can transform us. We, too, can be for more than ourselves. We can be for others, too.
We began this journey together on November 29 with the words of the prophet, “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down." We said, “We are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” [Isaiah 64:1, 8] We began this journey in this season hoping for something new in these days, hoping we would see God act in these crazy times. Today, St John says God has acted, acted in every crazy time. And the action is named Jesus. For us. And St John said God did one more thing. Jesus has made us children of God, to be present with him in this world, in these crazy days.
May your life be blessed on this holy day. May you know, really know, that it is blessed. And may your life be a blessing to everyone you know.
Peace and a blessed Christmas Day to you.
Pastor Gary Erdos