September 17, 2020

Crossroads of History

Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
 
Ps 85:10-11 

Theologians sometimes very dryly refer not to Jesus, but to the Christ Event. I suppose this is supposed to refer to the historical Jesus, considered apart from faith. But if you were to ask me, "What is the Christ Event?" I would answer: It's what happens when steadfast love and faithfulness meet, when righteousness and peace kiss one another, when faithfulness springs up from the earth and righteousness looks down from the sky. The point at which all these gifts of God intersect is the Christ Event. Calvin agreed, saying of this verse, "I cordially embrace the opinion which is held by many, that we have here a prophecy concerning the kingdom of Christ." And what is that kingdom, except the time and place where all these wonderful things come together?

Perhaps there is no greater doctrine than is found in this psalm, since "this is the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." [Col. 1:26-27]
 
I long, Lord, to be with you at the crossroads of history and at the crux of your love for the world. By your grace, help me to stop simply observing your love, faithfulness, and peace, but instead experiencing your fullness; in Jesus' Name who taught me to pray: Our Father...

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