Two thousand years ago was the human incarnation of God in Jesus, but before that there was the first and original incarnation through light, water, land, sun, moon, stars, plants, trees, fruit, birds, serpents, cattle, fish, and “every kind of wild beast” according to our own creation story (Genesis 1:3-25). This was the “Cosmic Christ” through which God has “let us know the mystery of his purpose, the hidden plan he so kindly made from the beginning in Christ” (Ephesians 1:9). Christ is Jesus’ title for his life’s purpose.
All of creation, it seems, has been obedient to its destiny, “each mortal thing does one thing and the same . . . myself it speaks and spells, crying ‘What I do is me, for that I came’” (Gerard Manley Hopkins, “As Kingfishers Catch Fire”). Wouldn’t it be our last and greatest humiliation, if one day we realized that all other creatures have obeyed their destiny with a kind of humility and with trustful surrender? All, except us.
It is only humans who have resisted “the one great act of giving birth” (Romans 8:22) and in fact have frequently chosen death for ourselves and for so many others. We have resisted and denied our own incarnation as one representation, just one, of the living and dying of God. We do not need to be everything to be one good and true thing! That is more than enough.
Adapted from Radical Grace, Vol. 23, No. 2, p. 3
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