Friday, March 29, 2013
the truth about Good Friday
I do think however that I understand the motivation...the mindset... the ability to take on this unthinkable task when he obviously could have done it another way. In the book of Philippians we learn about this Jesus that although he was God, he didn't consider that to be something to hold on to, in light of the needs of his creation. So he "incarnated" himself. He became flesh and blood and walked the very earth that he created. In short, he didn't hold on to the entitlement that one could argue was certainly his to hold. Entitlement .... its a pretty big word that basically means, I deserve it, I've earned it, its owed to me. Interesting.... he surrendered entitlement on behalf of and to live among and die for a creation that certainly has a tendency to wear our own entitlement like a badge.
One small example for us to consider. I live in Seattle, where there are more dogs than children. Now don't get me wrong...I love dogs...I've been a dog owner. But in this part of the world, besides bicyclists, dog owners can come across as some of the most "entitled" people on the planet. The other day I was chatting with a guy who manages what are considered to be "luxury" apartments. Its a place that actually welcomes dogs into their community...and consequently dog owners. This guy was sharing with me that there are actually people who live there who let their dogs relieve themselves anywhere they wish...hallways, elevators, etc. This despite the fact that there are stations placed strategically around the complex with bags intended for owners to use to pick up after their four legged children. Now I know what its like to be out with your dog and forgot the bag and well, a dogs gonna do what a dogs gonna do. That's not the case here. You don't even have to buy your own. And yet...they cannot even be bothered. So the maintenance crew, who don't have dogs at this complex mind you because they probably couldn't afford the rent, has the task of cleaning up after the "entitled" ones.
Here's the thing that I think we have such a hard time comprehending about this God who demonstrated his love for us and this Jesus loving us enough to die for us thing. Its all about entitlement. We don't get it because we have such a hard time dropping ours. Personally I know that grace covers over everything and that the love of Jesus embraces us all. It's there and its offered, but we have to open ourselves up to the understanding that, although its there and its real, its not an entitlement. Its grace...its undeserved. Personally I have a hard time imagining that anyone who lets their dog take a dump in an apartment building can ever let go of their entitlement and receive grace. Fortunately that's not my call....that's why its called Good Friday.