Human Beings Become Human Because God Became Human

PLEASE NOTE:  This Advent season at Faith Lutheran we are using Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “God is in the Manger” devotional booklet for daily devotions and weekly sermon themes.  What follows has been taken from that booklet.

 

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:11-12

 

The figure of Jesus Christ takes shape in human beings.  Human beings do not take on an independent form of their own.  Rather, what gives them form and maintains them in their new form is always and only the figure of Jesus Christ himself.  It is therefore not an imitation, not a repetition of his form, but their own form that takes shape in human beings.

 

Human beings are not transformed into a form that is foreign to them, not into the form of God, but into their own form, a form that belongs to them and is essential to them.

 

Human beings become human because God became human, but human beings do not become God.  They could not and cannot bring about that change in their form, but God himself changes his form into human form, so that human beings – though not becoming God – can become human.

 

In Christ the form of human beings before God was created anew.  It was not a matter of place, of time, of climate, of race, of the individual, of society, of religion, or of taste, but rather a question of the life of humanity itself that recognized in Christ its image and its hope.

 

What happened to Christ happened to humanity.

 

Let us pray:  Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come.  With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that binds us, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

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