Tim Basselin - June 25, 2017

Jesus Christ, God's Only Son


Awe: we've all experienced it. Those moments under the stars when time slows down. The joy of a child's love. Moments when the sacred seems to burst into our everyday lives. These moments are Jesus, God's Son, inviting us to join in God's life. They're good for us, and we should seek them out more often. How can we find that life?

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I’ve been working on a theory for about a year now that concerns what we mean when we try to instill balance into our lives. Attempting to balance is as old as civilization. The Greek poet Hesiod (c.700 bc) wrote, ‘observe due measure; moderation is best in all things.’ We are taught moderation as the proper way to live modestly.

However, I assume according to the box office results, that most of you have seen Wonder Woman. Was there any place in the film where you wanted Wonder Woman to act in moderation? Try to imagine some moderation slipped into the scene where she storms from the bunker into the town and ends up on top of the church.

If you were one of the townspeople, if you are an oppressed person seeking justice, you aren’t hoping for it in moderation.

I have a 10 month old baby at home. When I see him after a few hours of being away, he begins to kick with his legs and with his arms and smiles and coos and lights up the room. I pick him up and hug him, and then he pulls back from my face with his mouth open showing his two little teeth, and he grabs both my cheeks and looks at me with that same bursting smile and then buries his forehead into my face, which is how he hugs.

And then … I pull back and say, “Everything in moderation child. If you love too much, you’re bound to get hurt.”

No.  I do not quell his excitement in order to instill moderation or balance. Nor do I temper my response. Instead, I become a fool myself, shaking my arms and legs and making silly faces and then holding him as close as his his tiny body can handle. Balance is not my goal.

Today, we’re not going to try to balance our understanding of Jesus as both God and human. If we did, we would inevitably end up with a Christ who was 50% human and 50% God.

Rather, we are going to push into Christ as 100% God today, and next week Christ as 100% human.

Join us Sunday as we discover Christ the Son of God inviting us to life in the most surprising places.

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