Saturday, 7 May 2011

Jesus - Time and Eternity United As One

In his book Beyond Smells and Bells, Galli quotes Pope Benedict XVI (before he became pope). The Scripture refs are my own insertion:

Cosmic time, which is determined by the sun, becomes a representation of human time, [Eccl.6:12] which moves towards union of God and the world, [Rom.8:21-22] of history and the universe, of matter and spirit - in a word, towards the New City whose light is God himself. Thus time becomes eternity and eternity is imparted to time.[2Cor.5:4]

Galli picks up the significance of this with reference to the incarnation - the Son of God becoming like one of us - when he says:

In the Son, time co-exists with eternity.

And so with those who believe in Jesus. We are in the world, but not of it. We are citizens of a kingdom that transcends time, but we sojourn on a time-bound earth. We are people who in the same breath pray "thy Kingdom come" and "give us this day our daily bread."

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