I had a couple of amazing moments today... (yeah Sean, I teared up both times!)
The first this morning reading through Philippians:
The famous poem in Chapter 2, where Jesus service, suffering, crucifixion, and death are the expression of deity!
How mind-boggling? When I hear the phrase 'Lord of the Earth' I hear echoes of the marching legions of Rome, or the thundering of the herds of Genghis Khan... or the recoil of tanks firing, or jets roaring overhead...
Power and glory, strength and honor, majesty, deity itself, sits not on a throne, but rather hangs from a cross...
...dripping with blood and gore.
How truly amazing is Jesus.
And then just now reading through an NT Wright essay:
He talked of the work of the church in terms of a chalice, or a violin. Both beautiful in and of themselves as works of craftsmanship, but beautiful even more so because of what happens when the winemaker, or the musician arrives...
The mission of the Church is to become a well-crafted, beautifully made, violin. Lovingly put together with lines strong and graceful...
...and then the Master Musician will come!
He will pick up the violin and begin to play it!
And the wedding feast of the Lamb will begin!