Tuesday, November 17, 2009


We can't get away from it. Power seems to always tug at the heels of everybody. Nietzsche gets all the credit for exposing this little dark secret. But I'm pretty reluctant to say we're indebted to him. After all, he wasn't the first to put his finger on this dark matter that pushes from inside us to go up- up the ladder from wherever we are. Even if it means dethroning the Most High God, this debasing hot air makes us rise beyond what our constitution can stand. Like Icarus, our wings melt and we fall to our destruction. It's humiliating. Strange then, that the Most High God decided to get humbled first. Jesus went down into the world, down into ignominy- down, down, down to the cross. "For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God."(I Cor.1:18) I love that kind of power. Unlike our power grabs that reach up to bring others down, His power grab reaches down to bring us up to Himself- into His goodness and joy. Isn't that surprising? "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen." (I Cor. 3:20)

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