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SURMISING SPRINGSTEEN'S CHRISTMAS HERESY AND CS LEWIS' ORTHODOXY

THE WORD BECAME FLESH... AND INTERRUPTED THE STORY...

WORD AND STORY

JOHN 1: 1-3  

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” 

GENESIS 3: 1 

“And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring[
a] and hers;
he will crush[
b] your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”

Jesus story did not begin in the four Gospel accounts of his life in the New Testament. John told us in the opening lines of his account that Jesus was there in the beginning. The first Biblical sign that Jesus would interrupt human history is in the third chapter of the Old Testament. There, when all seems lost in the account of humanity’s fall and the enmity that has now broken the intimate relationship between humans and God, God hints.

In that garden scene, humanity’s belonging, vocation and inheritance are all lost. In the nativity scene we see the fulfilment of that hint from Genesis 3. The Word has become flesh to put all that is broken back together again and to find all that was lost. From Genesis to John and beyond, to us right here and now, The Word has been writing the story. Advent invites us to invite The Word to write us back into a story bigger than our miniscule little lifetimes.

In the beginning was the Word

And the Word started the story

He crafted the set

Chose the characters

Gave them their places

The story moved like the planets and the oceans

And the Author said that it was very good

But the characters were dissatisfied at being characters

And one day reached beyond themselves

To become Authors and story tellers themselves

And Reaching to be more

They ended up less than the characters they were meant to be

And sent the story off in dark, selfish, violent, deadly ways.

 

Instead of the author tearing up the story

And getting rid of his characters

To begin again

The author deep love influenced the story

He sent stories and poems and wise words

But the characters didn’t listen much

And when they did

They didn’t listen for very long

All seemed hopeless

And then...

 

The Word became flesh

And interrupted the story

And we shouldn’t have been surprised

That the author of Word

Didn’t come matter of fact

But stranger than fiction.

The Word became a character

And moved into the story

Immediately the darkness and violence sought him out

But the characters who played his parents fled with him as refugees

And so the Word led the story in another direction

Towards another ending

Brighter and more hopeful and eternal

Himself dying in his own story

To turn the story around.

 

 

The Word that set the story off in the beginning

Who was born into the story and died in the story

We thank you for inviting us into the story

Let us into your story

That we might be those characters

Who help you the Author write a redemption story.

Author write us our parts in your story

Word made Flesh show us the way to live the story

Spirit give us the power and courage to make the Word flesh in how we live out our stories...

Forever and ever

Amen

Comments

The Slicer

Very reminiscent of The Tune (wonder what it'd sound like if it had one!) - which is only a "very good" thing. :-)

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