Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘See, God, I have come to do your will, O God’
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The people of God had some growing up to do. First, there are the rules, a respect for authority and living with consequences of broken promises. Tough stuff but it was part of what shaped a community, gave it identity and a shared narrative. That is the Old Testament. Next, there comes the Christ who keeps us all from giving up on ourselves, who shows us what it is like to do God's will, who is completely human to the last drop of blood and breath, who reveals to us the nature of God and who kicks a hole in the inpenetrable wall of death. Now, there comes the voice of the Resurrected One saying, "Come, follow me." If there is a better offer out there through this life, I dare you to show me. Growing up as the people of God means to know God well enough to know God's will and to do it.
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Holy God, we know you are a God of great love. Help us to love greatly. Amen.