The sermon today was thought-provoking. I mean, they all are usually…but sometimes a thought just pops into my head and I can’t shake it. Usually I just think it is the devil trying to distract me and I get myself back in focus. Except, sometimes the thought just builds in my mind until it takes over and refuses to be let go!
So here is today’s takeaway thought. When God returns, who will He be? I have been looking for another Jesus to come but my God is not really cliche enough to send another son. And Jesus was his only begotten son, so wouldn’t that cheapen the whole John 3:16 thing if he changed it to be his first (instead of only) begotten son to include the “new son”?!
Do you think it will be another son…maybe a son of Jesus Christ? God is a wonderful and loving God, so maybe it will be a daughter! And what would her name be? There were a lot of Marys in the Bible. There was Rachel, Rebecca, Ruth, Martha… There were so many other powerful women in the Bible but something tells me God would pick a new name. Amanda maybe?! Just kidding (not really–it is an amazing and empowering name, if you ask me!)
And, since it is the option I like the best, if he does send his only begotten daughter–will she be a baby? Will he impregnate another virgin to carry her? In this world, finding an unmarried and holy virgin will not be as easy as it was when Jesus was conceived. Now I think having a woman claim to be carrying the next Savior would be a quick ticket to the loony bin. Mary risked being stoned to death if her fiance Joseph had turned her in and that (usually) doesn’t happen now. But…finding a Holy and pure woman who is in line to marry a Holy and pure man so she can carry the next reincarnation of God is not impossible; but definitely not the norm.
What if the new Savior is not a baby? What if she is a teenager or a single mother who has always had special “gifts” she couldn’t explain (like thinking she only had two fish and feeding a party of many with them)? How would she find out that she is the Savior?
And while we are on the subject of finding out, do you think Jesus knew all along that he was the son of God made flesh? Did Mary tell him before she kissed him to sleep at night that he was a special little boy who would one day save the sinners in the world? I know Jesus was perfect as an adult, but do you think there was ever a time he used Joseph’s tools without permission and when Joseph confronted him he (Jesus) replied with, “You are not my father!!” like kids like to do to their step-parents?
A lot of extra questions and not a lot of answers but that is okay. I miss being able to get Albert’s opinion on these questions that just pop into my head and rattle around until I confront them. He seemed to have the answers, where as I come up with a few hundred more questions when I think about it. I am like that song by Lamb Chop (the puppet on tv when I was a kid) “This is the song that doesn’t end-yes it goes on and on, my friend-some people started singing it not knowing what it was-and they’ll continue singing it forever just because…this is the song that doesn’t end, etc.”
I am going to keep developing the thought that the new Messiah will be the daughter of God. Any thoughts on this or how it couldn’t possibly be? Leave me a comment and let me know!