Posted by: New in Every Way | June 29, 2012

Touchdown & Launch—In That Order

You know how it always is—a spaceship launches from Cape Canaveral, orbits the earth for days, then returns to our atmosphere, finally touching down in the ocean. First the launch—then the touchdown.

But it happened in reverse once. Last week I saw where it happened. Perhaps not the exact spot, but where tradition says it occurred. A cave in Bethlehem that stabled a family’s livestock. There the King of the Universe made his landing on earth, unbeknownst to anyone but a few shepherds and wise men.

I also saw the hill from which tradition says he was launched back to heaven, thirty-three years later.

Why the touchdown before the launch? Well, obviously, because Jesus came from outside our world. He became one of us, but he was never just one of us. On more than one occasion, dumbfounded folks asked each other, “Who is this?”  

The Word [of God] became flesh  and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory,  the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace  and truth (John 1:14 NIV).

Making It Personal

  • Who would you say Jesus is?
  • Was there a time when Jesus was real to you? How did that change things?
  • Would you share that story? It’ll help us know him better.

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