Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Today there was discussion on two things:
1. Omnipotence and Omniscience of God vs Right and Wrong
2. God being both the Creator and the Created.

To the second  I answered with the example of my Mother, who " bore within herself her own creator", and quoted John 1:3.
To the first I explained the meaning of sin, specifically  citing the instance of Judas Iscariot.

More about this later.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Unknown Woman

I am like the unknown lady who bled for twelve years
And was healed by a mere touch of your robe.

How she must have suffered is known only to her.
How she was healed is known only to you.
Where she went after that is not known to anybody.

She had only heard you preach. 
Her need was so great 
She dared to touch your robe without permission.
She was scared and she trembled.
She was honest and did not hide when you called.

" Someone touched Me; I know that power has gone out from Me"

She was not reprimanded.
Instead, Rabbi, You told her,
"Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace".

Have you called anybody else "Daughter" ?
This nameless believer was blessed with that fond title.

Faith can move mountains. 
It can also heal. 
It can also raise people from the dead.

I pray to you, Rabbi
And I dare to touch the unseen hem of your robe
For my soul has bled for eons.

I pray to you, Rabbi
Not for myself.
I pray to you for all creation

For all this is your handiwork,
For you were from the beginning.

Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:43-47

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The word came and dwelt among us

Today I wanted to ask you something, Rabbi, but you threw this one at me :

"The Word became flesh and dwelt among us".John 1:14. This is a simple and powerful statement. In John 1-1 the Word is not actually named. It is however described as coincident with the Lord and Creation."The word was with  God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:3. One must therefore presume a simultaneous dichotomy as well as unity of the Word with  the Creator. "Word was with God, and the Word was God." 

And this Word became flesh and dwelt among mortals. Being confined to a mortal frame He had to choose a time and space for the incarnation. 

Why should the Word come and dwell among us? Are we worthy of such close attention from God ? Close enough to send part of Himself (. Apparently we are. "He who has ears, let him hear" says Mat11:15. Revelation 2:7 goes further - "'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God." In genesis, the Lord specifically forbids the tree of knowledge. having eaten of the Tree of knowledge the progenitors of mankind are forever exiled from the garden of God. And the Lord God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." (Genesis 3:22). And yet here in Revelation he gives grant to eat of the tree of life.

Says Revelation, this tree of life shall be made available to be partaken of. What more powerful statement can the incarnate Word make than to say that He has the power to bypass the injunction of the Lord who banished our progenitor. This is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. 

But why did the Word choose to dwell among us? Why should mankind be saved?  Maybe you will tell me some other time brother and Teacher. Till then, let me think about this.

John 1:14-18--.And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from Father. And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known."

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