Tuesday, October 25, 2005

An Upside-Down Kingdom

Tomorrow morning I'll be meeting with three guys to begin studying the life of Christ together. We're going through the NIV Daily Bible, which is in chronological order. Tonight I've been reading and am struck by how God chose to do things. Everything is backwards, or upside-down. What we think will happen doesn't happen. Jesus comes as a baby. His parents aren't important people. He's born in less-than-desirable circumstances. God chooses lowly shepherds as the first recipients of this good news. Finally he chooses two nobodies (Simeon and Anna) to be among the first to see this baby. I'm struck that Simeon totally got it. What a relationship he must have had with God. He had been promised by God that he would see the Messiah before he died. He also understood the role that the Gentiles would play in God's plan.

This upside-down Kingdom will be the theme throughout Jesus' life.

God, may we see things as You see them.
May we see people as You see them.
And may we not be surprised by Your way of doing things.

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