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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Mother and Child Reunion

Do you believe King Jesus is “enthralled by your beauty”? Why or why not? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 794).

Enthralled defined: Filled with wonder and delight (WordWeb Pro).

Consider a mother enthralled by the beautiful baby cradled within her arms. Does this beatific mother and child tableau suggest that the mother is unaware of the less than ideal aspects of her infant?  Some of these unpleasant aspects include dirty diapers, temper tantrums, midnight awakenings, and rash.  Is the mother unaware of all this? Of course not, not for a moment.

We often hear that Jesus loved us so much that he died for us.  We fixate on ourselves as ugly creatures fouled with brokenness, failure, imperfections, and sin.  No one could really love us, we conclude.  But isn’t the whole point that our lives need not be filled with edgy pretense. Jesus, though fully acquainted with our less than ideal aspects, is enthralled by our trenchant beauty. 

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