Its amazing to me how a vest and chaps can change a kids personality. Face paint and a bullfighting jersey can take a 2nd grade boy and turn him into a tough talking man. Watching the mutton busters, calf riders, and steer riders grow up behind the chutes is one of the joys of taking part in youth rodeo. I was trying to give some of our participants in the games a church service some candy this weekend and wasn’t able to find our two young men. I found one of their trailers and asked his dad where he was. Mr. McGee informed me that his son, a pretty handy steer rider, was “strutting around behind the chutes, sticking his chest out, and spitting…you know being a bull rider.” When you put these young men in a pair of chaps and a vest, they grow up quick on you. Just after my talk with Mr. McGee, I was headed back to the chutes when I was stopped by a young barrel racer who desperately wanted to know where my partner, the other bullfighter was. I told her I didn’t know where Daniel was. She got kind of upset at me and reiterated that she didn’t care where Daniel was, but where Judd was. Judd is our sheep and steer fighter. I learned from him later that he kind of likes her a little bit. Once you put a jersey on him, he becomes a different kid. Two kids living the rodeo life….in their mind behind the yellow chutes of Vegas.
Over the last few weeks, I have thought a lot about the attributes of God (I wrote about many of them on here). As I reflected upon the traits of God, I couldn’t help but notice them in the life of Jesus as well. Being as God is both Singular (“Hear O Israel, the Lord is one” (Deut. 6.4) yet plural in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), the attributes of Yahweh are also seen in the incarnation and ministry of Jesus. Jesus, put on human flesh, when he arrived on this earth, and bore the attributes of Yahweh not just in the presence of humanity, but alongside humanity. Jesus “put on” human flesh (John 1.14), bringing the power of God in his hands as he healed the sick, lame, and paralyzed. He looked into the eyes of the broken and the prideful. His ears heard the shouts of adoration concerning his work. His arms reached out for those who needed his salvation. His long nose, his patience, was tested and on display as people lied to him, about him, and abandoned him. For many that encountered him, that saw his face, his blessing was shown to them. In all these things the attributes of God was shown as member of the Triune God-head.
The incarnation of Jesus, the missionary journey of God to humanity, is partially explained in Colossians 1.19-20
“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven…”
Imagine the attributes of God, walking the dusty roads of Palestine, in cognito. With the look, the walk, the talk of God, in a brand new look.. God, clothed in flesh, interacting with man. Like a young man, who takes on a persona when the vest and chaps come on, God lived amongst us, clothed in flesh, living the life of a human.
As you read through the stories of Jesus, where do you see the attributes of God shown?
To be continued…