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The Family Secret

. 3 min read

(No audio or video this week.)

4-5
Feb 2017, Christ Mountain Top
Psalm
25.11-22 (call to worship, only at Open Table)
Matthew
9.9-13 (kids)
1
Corinthians 2.1-16 (message)
Moses
Ole Sakuda
      How to save yourself from a man-eating
snake
1
Corinthians 2:7-8
 But we speak God’s
wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our
glory.  8 None of the rulers
of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the
Lord of glory.
Man
had been created by God that he might have life. If now, having lost life, and
having been harmed by the serpent, he were not to return to life, but were to
be wholly abandoned to death, then God would have been defeated, and the malice
of the serpent would have overcome. . . . (19)
      [God] took away his enmity against men,
and flung it back and cast it upon the serpent. . . . bruising the serpent’s
head (24).
            Irenaeus, cited by Gustaf Aulen, Christus Victor
[Jesus]
concealed himself under the veil of our nature, in order that, as happens with
greedy fishes, together with the bait of the flesh the hook of the Godhead
might also be swallowed, and so, through Life passing over into death, and the
Light arising in the darkness, that which is opposed to Life and Light might be
brought to nought (52).
            Gregory of Nyssa, cited by Gustaf
Aulen, Christus Victor

1
Corinthians 15:54
 “Death has been
swallowed up in victory.”
1
Corinthians 2:6
 Yet among the mature
we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of
this age, who are doomed to perish.
      The rulers of this age, whether the cosmic
rule of the sin and Satan, hell and death, or the political rule of Rome or the
kingdom of Nepal, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Northern Ireland, or even the democracy of the United States of
America – all rulers and all kingdoms of this age, whether benevolent or
malevolent, perish before Jesus and the reign of God. And, that decisive
engagement, that final battle, is already won at the cross.
      None of the rulers of this age understood
this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Christus
Victor!
1
Corinthians 2:9-16
 “What no eye has
seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for
those who love him”–  10
these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches
everything, even the depths of God. . . . 12 Now we have received
not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may
understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. . . .  16 “For who has known the mind
of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
The
family secret – that God is in Christ reconciling the world to himself (2
Corinthians 5.19) – is given to us. It is hidden from the powers, but revealed
to us.
·       God
who hides himself (Isaiah 45.15, Cyrus)
·       Hidden these things
from the wise and learned, revealed them to infants (Matthew 11.25, post
apostolic mission)
·       The
Lord confides in those who fear him (Psalm 25.14, NIV)

Around
the family table, we celebrate this secret. We are invited to take the hook
with the bait, not as greedy fishes but as grateful children of God, invited to
receive Jesus Christ. And, doing so, to find that Light arises in our darkness
and Life springs forth in our deaths.