Week 2.3

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The soul felt its worth

The Incarnation, God becoming a human in the birth, life, and death of Jesus, is the miracle and mystery celebrated during Advent. God's plan of redemption for a desperate and lost humanity comes at unimaginable cost.

He made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
Philippians 2:7

This cost reflects the same unimaginable worth of humanity. Perhaps the immediate reaction is of course humanity is valuable. But, why? Earlier this week, we already enumerated our great capacity for ugliness, hate, war, slavery, and injustice . If this is how we value each other, on a regular basis today, why would we assume God values us? That's even before we consider many of our own responses to God. We continually react to God by in many ways: outright rejection, ignoring, replacement, or even resorting to blackmailing God through our own good deeds. 

In light of our track record, the fact that God still values his creation, is a testament to his steadfast love. That a holy God would be willing to give himself to pay the price is scandalous. The Incarnation is a miracle and mystery that finds it completion in the Resurrection.

Looking to Jesus... who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross.
Hebrews 12:2

Jesus lived the life we couldn’t live, died the death we should have died and had the victory we can’t have over sin and death.  And he did it all when we were still his enemies.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship.
Ephesians 2:8-10

That's the worth of a soul.



Josh Schreck