Posted by: Phoebe | September 27, 2009

Emmanuel

Language has words that point to the incapabilities of language: indescribable, inexpressible, ineffable.

The incapabilities of earthly language, that is.

What is there outside of earth, outside of this miniscule planet with its myriad inadequate languages?

Is there any word that captures the extent of the universe, and goes beyond it to inifinity?

Is infinite beauty, infinite power, infinite knowledge, infinite love more than a figment created by short Engish words?

Any word that transforms this from concepts to corporeality?

 

There is one Word which captures infinite greatness: the Logos himself.

How did He do it? Not so much by words, though words were part of his proclamation.

He portrayed it. He gave it flesh. Incarnated it.

By his infinite power, his word created the worlds into being.

By his infinite knowledge, he spoke the course of history and is carrying it through.

His infinite love was expressed, pressed it out, in his blood.

His infinite beauty will captivate his children eternally, magnetizing their untiring words of praise.

 

Infinite. This word falls infinitely short. It and its kin, boundless, unfathomable, immense. . .

They try to define the greatness of greatness by what it is not. Not-measurable.

In Him, the immeasurable was “shrunk into a span.” God with us.

His numberless names, holy tetragrammaton, eternal I AM are now captured by a single pronoun:

He. Jesus is.

 

 

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Christmas is coming soon, when we remember the Incarnation.

Christ is coming soon.  Will we have words of righteousness to cover us? Only the righteousness of the Word can do that. How do we stand under his Word, claim his word for us?

 “‘The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” — that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.”

Romans 10:8-11

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  1. […] a human struggler? How can the immortal die? Immensity be shrunk into flesh? As I meditated in an earlier post, these paradoxes are contained in Jesus, Emmanuel. These paradoxes are the richness behind […]

  2. These are brilliant and edifying thoughts! thank you. Can’t help but think of Romans 11: 33Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
    34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?
    35 Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again?
    36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

    • Thanks, Herb! Amen, that verse from Romans sums it up.


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