Ordinary

As the priest held up the communion host and the cup of wine, proclaiming, “The body and blood of Christ, take them and feed on Him in your heart by faith” a small doubt crept into the corner of my mind-it is only bread and wine. Like a flash, a second thought came to me, calm and quiet. And Jesus was  a man, but not just a man.  There it is again, that invitation to mystery and the reminder that out of the seemingly ordinary, God accomplishes great things.  Things are not always just what they seem.

God, the one who spoke and all matter was created, (come to think of it that makes matter pretty remarkable in and of itself) became a human being.  He was poor, or at least lower middle class-a regular Joe with a hammer and a saw. Isaiah 53 tells us:  He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”  So Jesus was a very common looking. He veiled his glory.  Somehow, until His public ministry he drew very little attention to himself.

John Chapter 1 tells us:

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.(vs 10)

He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace or the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is at the Father’s side, He has made him known. (vs 14-17)

If this passage makes your head explode you are in good company.  I think I can pull a few things from this. Jesus is both fully God and man.  He came to earth as a man so seemingly average that if you saw Him in a crowded mall or grocery store you would not take any notice of Him.  Yet to those with eyes opened by God, seeking eyes, curious eyes, the truth is revealed.  He is God in the flesh, full of grace and truth and glory.  God uses the seemingly ordinary for extraordinary purposes.

Or perhaps we just take everything for granted.  Is anything really ordinary?  Have you ever thought about all the cells that make up a body, how organs all work together, how the brain works and how we grow and learn?  Or what about how vast the universe is! The stars you see, their light is reaching you so long after they are born that they may already be dead!   I bet you thought about it when you were young.  When you knew how to be fascinated with life. Our existence is miraculous.  You knew that, when you were young didn’t you? Maybe that’s why Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven belonged to children.

We are all God’s children if we believe.  Least we forget that we too are partakers in a divine mystery.  Look in the mirror.  You, ordinary you, you are the temple of the Holy Spirit.  Just as God came as an ordinary human, just as we are feed spiritually through ordinary bread and wine, God uses ordinary you to be His dwelling place.  Let us embrace this mystery with joy, least we become discouraged and fall by the wayside.  Let us look at our brothers and sisters in Christ with fresh eyes, remembering God’s great mercy and love for ourselves and others.

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hephzibah75

I am a recovering approval addict admitting my brokenness and trying to recover authenticity and vulnerability in my walk with God.

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