IN THE FORM OF A MAN
“I am the way, the truth, and the life…”
The Hindu temple is built in the form of a man. The outer court raised on pillars and open on all sides is the human body, the inner court with its wide spaces is the human mind, the shrine room is the human soul. Man moves within himself into himself and there finds the presence of God.
The Muslim mosque, too, is built in the form of a man. The central dome is man's head and the minarets are his hands upraised in prayer. Man comes to God through an act of adoration and submission.
The Buddhist dogoba or shrine, too, is built in the form of a man. Its figure is that of a man in the posture of meditation: legs crossed the body erect, and the head held straight and unmoving. The approach to reality is by way of inner withdrawal from the world.
The Christian church, too, is built in the form of a man, a man stretched out upon a cross. And this has made all the difference. The church does not ask its followers to find their way, or to discover truth within. The church says one man, Jesus of Nazareth is that way, is the truth. He is life. We put our faith in him knowing
As we continue our journey through the Lenten season, we remember and worship the One who put on flesh. Jesus was tempted in every way that we are, yet He was without sin. Hebrews 2:10 tells us that He was made perfect through what he suffered.
Philippians 2:5 reminds us that even though He was God, He did not cling to His rights as God. “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross!” May this truth humble us and cause us to offer ourselves completely to the One that gave Himself completely for us.
See you Sunday,