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By Philip Yancey
ZondervanCopyright © 2010 Philip D. Yancey and SCCT
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Chapter OneThe Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word.
The Word was God.
Everything was created through him; nothing-not one thing!- came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn't put it out.
He came to his own people, but they didn't want him.
But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.
These are the God-begotten, not blood-begotten, not flesh-begotten, not sex-begotten.
The word became flesh and blood, and MOVED INTO the NEIGHBORHOOD.
ICONS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH, STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS IN EUROPEAN CATHEDRALS, AND SUNDAY SCHOOL ART IN LOW CHURCH AMERICA ALL DEPICT ON FLAT PLANES A PLACID, "TAME" JESUS, YET THE JESUS I MET IN THE GOSPELS WAS ANYTHING BUT TAME. HIS SEARING
HONESTY MADE HIM SEEM DOWNRIGHT TACTLESS IN SOME SETTINGS. FEW PEOPLE FELT COMFORTABLE AROUND HIM; THOSE WHO DID WERE THE TYPE NO ONE ELSE FELT COMFORTABLE AROUND. HE WAS NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT TO PREDICT, PIN DOWN, OR EVEN UNDERSTAND.
JESUS IS RADICALLY ANYONE HAS EVER LIVED.
UNLIKE ELSE WHO
TWO WORDS ONE COULD NEVER THINK OFAPPLYING TO THE JESUS OF THE GOSPELS: BORING AND PREDICTABLE.
THE JESUS OF THE GOSPELS IS THE BEST-KEPT SECRET OF CHRISTIANITY.
The God who roared, who could order armies and empires about like pawns on a chessboard, this God emerged in Palestine as a
baby who could not speak or eat solid food or control his own bladder, who
depended on a teenager for shelter, food, and love.
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