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“The Invasion By God”

By Don Loftis | 10.19.16

When your son brings home the girl he has fallen in love with, do you feel a bit invaded?  Family dynamics are being altered right before your eyes, and somehow you know it’s never going to be the same.  Life changes as neighbors move into the community or a new preacher comes to the congregation where you worship.  Like an alien army, we fear the unknown that these “invasions” may bring.

 

Sadly, folks often fear the “invasion of God” into their lives.  When the angel appeared to Joseph to explain Mary’s indecipherable pregnancy, he said, “Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”  The Gospel writer, Matthew, adds that this fulfills a prophecy from Isaiah 7:14, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call him Immanuel, which is translated ‘God with us.’”

 

In the form of Jesus, God came to perform miracles, but the leaders feared Him.  He came to offer eternal life, but the priests condemned Him.  He came with a message of love, but He was met with fear and hate.

 

How do we respond to the invasion of God?  I am not speaking only of the theology of the incarnation.  I am speaking of His call to guide us, own us, disciple us, and transform us.  How do we respond to not being in full control and knowing that things are changing forever?  We need to restudy the Gospels and be reminded of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous line: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

 


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