Who'd You Think I Was? (Love Letter 3)
Not a starry-eyed prophet, not an edgy zealot, but the Word of God, the Creator of the cosmos who comes chasing after you like an impassioned groom:
The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes. God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree.
He created not just the laws of nature, but those that hold our relationship in tact:
I am God, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of a life of slavery.
No other gods, only me. ...
Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbor’s. ...
Jesus breaks onto our scene being fully man, overturning tables, while being fully God who holds all things together. He now turns the tables on our conception of "the way things are" not by destroying the law of his creation and our relationship, but by offering his own life to fulfill and restore it.
They asked, “What credentials can you present to justify this?”
Jesus answered, “Tear down this Temple and in three days I’ll put it back together.”
And in raising from the dead he begins the rebuilding of all his creation.
Raising from the dead seems like a pretty classic breaking of the law, we see this vantage because we are enslaved to it, trapped in "the way things are." But here is the profoundity of this love letter, "I am the Creator, your God, who brought you... out of a life of slavery".
The Message that points to Jesus on the Cross seems foolish to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out.