There is a scuffle outside, a little noise, and I know it’s them. We’ve been expecting the moment. The door bursts open, and the little radiant face comes running, arms wide open. I squat down . . . wait for the sound in the smile . . . “GRAAAM-MA!!!!” My arms clutch him close, sinking my lips into tender cheeks.
It’s an atmospheric shift. The air, now charged with toddler-energy, and joy as deep as a boat ride on a sunny day.
The Word of God came creating – the Holy Spirit hovering over the waters at the beginning of time, then hovering over the womb of a woman. Her young life, it shifted significantly. She believed it, and received the Word, and birthed Him into earth’s atmosphere.
Our Savior, Christ Jesus, the Living Word, Immanuel.
In the middle of time, the long-awaited mystery, revealed. Him who became sin for us, and took the wrath of God upon Himself in our place.
He said, “Follow Me. Abide in Me”
Abide in the Word of God.
The Word, He first spoke into the dark-nothing, back in the beginning: “Let there be . . . and there was . . . everything and trees – with fruit to eat, good for life.”
The Word then came in a Garden, “Man, reflect Me. I’ll take you a-part and put you back together again, from one to two, face to face – be made one again. . . Then, reflect Me, be fruitful and multiply, make love, make life.”
“I give you all the trees, but not the one tree.“
The lie came, and trust died, embedding a lie – and then, rebellion. The one “bad-for-me-tree” looked good and humanity bought pain.
The Word continued to speak, “Take trees and pound nails – to Save Life. Build an ark.” . . . Then, “Leave your people. Sacrifice your son. Your trust proven, stop. Here’s a ram.” . . . “Go get a wife for your redeemed son from your people.” . . . “There are two nations in your womb, the older will serve the younger.”
The Law-Covenant will serve the Grace-Covenant.
The natural failed, will serve the promise kept. Galatians 3:23-25
The Word, came forth from a fiery bush, not burning: “Go. Deliver. Speak. I Am with you. Kill a lamb and wipe the blood on the trees that frame your doors. I will cause death to pass over. . . . Leave. Now stand still. I make a way, Cross. . . . From slave to free. I will prove your need and prove Myself to you. . . . I Am deliverer. I Am bread, I Am water, I Am protection. I Am with you. I Am your God. I Am the way. I Am the law of love.”
Many other Word-bearers are imprisoned, tortured, and killed. Prophets of God. Proving more our need. Proving Him, the Hand that delivers, provides, protects, corrects, hurts, then heals . . .
Further on in HisStory:
The baby-Jesus is birthed into a barn. The atmosphere knows.
King Herod shakes, and seeks to kill the Word.
The man-Jesus spends three years plowing through religion, sprouting the Word in the earth.
The Pharisees shake; they enter the Garden to arrest the Word.
Shaken, fallen – in the presence of the Word. John 18:6
They abuse, brutally kill the Word made flesh, nailing Him to a cross-shaped tree.
And the mighty rumblings . . . The earth quaked. The sky darkened. The Temple curtain was torn in two. Three days later the stone, it rolled away. The tomb could not contain or chain the Word! It has proven to be the Rock that rolled the stone away. Broke slaves free, once-for-all, those who obey.
And the Word, you can see His Power, He always enters brilliantly – shards of Light, Truth, transforming, reforming, informing . . . creating, rebuilding, renewing. Altar-ing, turning this dust, all these ashes of His fiery refining into Glory.
So also is the resurrection of the dead.
It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
So also it is written,
“The first man, Adam, became a living soul.”
The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.
The older will serve the younger.
The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.
As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.
Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.
1 Corinthians 15:42-49
It’s a significant shift when a grandson shows up in the doorway. When our Jesus shows up, it’s a “breaking-in,” a Rock-resounding.
There is always momentous shifting. Earth and man, trembling – shaken, awakened, all Altared by His power and His glory.
Some run toward the Word, to persecute and kill Him. Some run away in shame.
And some . . . some run into it and are saved by His power unto glory. Proverbs 18:10