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Have you met this guy?

I mentioned before that I was beginning Brian Mclaren's book A Generous Orthodoxy. Early on in the book he writes about the seven Jesuses he has known. He writes of how he grew up in a conservative Protestant church and what he learned of Jesus as a young kid. He goes on to talk about 'meeting' the Pentecostal / Charismatic Jesus, the Roman Catholic Jesus, the Eastern Orthodox Jesus, and a few others.

One of the things that really grabbed me was this section:

If the Evangelical Jesus saves by dying, the Pentecostal Jesus by sending his Spirit, and the Catholic Jesus by rising from death, the Eastern Orthodox Jesus saves simply by being born, by showing up, by coming among us. In Jesus' birth, these Christians believe two wonderful things happen. First, God takes the human life of Jesus into God's own eternal life, and in so doing, Jesus' people (the Jews), species (the human race), and history (the history of our planet and our whole universe) enter into - are taken up into - God's own life. God's life, love, joy, and power are so great that all our death, hate, pain, and failures are eradicated, swallowed up, cancelled, extinguished, and overcome by being taken up into God. In this way Jesus will ultimately bring blessing to the whole world, to all of creation.

Second, as humanity (and all creation) enters into God through Jesus, God also enters Jesus' people, species, and history. And by entering all creation through Jesus, God's heart is forever bound to it in solidarity, faithfulness, loyalty, and commitment. God will never give up until all creation is healed of its diseases, cured of its addictions, retrained from its foolishness, reclaimed from its lost state. Jesus saves by coming, by being born. It's no wonder that, for the Eastern Orthodox, Christmas is celebrated with such profound joy and rich, sustained intensity. It's the celebration of God's saving (rescuing) of the world - that God has entered creation through Jesus (incarnation is the theological term for God's embodiment in Jesus) and creation has been taken up into God so that all will be well. This is surely Good News!

Two things: One, the 'bigness' of that understanding of salvation as redemption for all of creation; and Two, the deep meaning of Christmas because of God's coming into this world as Jesus, making a way for creation to know it's Creator and restored to a right relationship through that coming.

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