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“looking for the Stillness in the womb of space…” – Bruce Cockburn, Boundless (2011)
He is risen.
Today, offering an excerpt and a link to my friend Ric Hudgens’ blog, Interregnum. The recent essay/sermon/etc excerpted below was also picked up by the Jesus Radicals website… a good one that I recommend my readers checking out firsthand — and the main reason I am only excerpting a portion of Ric’s essay here.
Happy Easter to one and all. Run the race with grace today… and by all means, slow down!, or you’ll miss the wildflowers…
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What kept them around until that so-not-bitter-end we call resurrection was the continual discovery that Jesus was always more than they imagined him to be. If they had left the scene early (see “rich young ruler” or “Judas Iscariot”) they would never have known that. They would have remained bound by their not-high-enough-expectations of him.
It’s crucial to understand that it was the reality of Jesus that kept blowing them away! Jesus kept surpassing their noblest ideas and their wildest dreams. That is one reason they eventually felt at ease equating Jesus with God. They had learned never to underestimate this man.
“Jesus is Lord” became a declaration of that first generation’s intense experience of him and the hold he had upon them. The disciples experienced Jesus as someone surpassing all their past prejudices, presumptions, and paradigms. They tried to append traditional titles to him (Lion of Judah, Son of Man, Messiah, etc); but these were inadequate and they kept inventing others (Lamb of God, Alpha and Omega, etc) which also remained inadequate.
Nicea a few hundred years later finally collated and codified these titles as “one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father.” We’re a long way from Mark chapter 8 now! But what remains valuable in the Nicene Creed is the bringing together of two questions that help us in understanding Jesus. The first is “who do we say that God is?” and the second is “who do we say humanity is?” Nicea asserts that Jesus provides a clue to answer both questions — and perhaps more than just a clue.
Both God and humanity are mysteries to be explored.
-R.D. Hudgens, March 27, 2013