Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Clown in the Belfrey, Part 2

One of the stories that Buechner tells in The Clown in the Belfrey goes something like this. One Sunday, while taking communion, Buechner could hear the priest saying “The body of Christ, the bread of heaven” as he approached him. As each person was approached this same phrase repeated, “The body of Christ, the bread of heaven, the body of Christ, the bread of heaven.” As the priest came to Buechner, the priest added, “the body of Christ, Freddy, the bread of heaven”.

Buechner says that for the first time, the words of Christ, “this is my body which is broken for you” came to life for him. He wasn’t even called Frederick, Mr Buechner, even Fred, no, he was Freddy, his own most personal name. The “you” part of Christ’s words took on reality.

Can you hear him? Christ wants to meet with you. As we worship Him, take great joy in knowing that He wants to meet with you!

Genesis 3 tells us the most powerful thought that even after we had sinned and destroyed our relationship with Him, He came and looked for Adam and Eve. He didn’t say, “you broke it, you fix it.”

Matthew 1:23 says Jesus is “Immanuel, God with us.”

Revelation 21 says that Jesus current occupation of preparing a place for us will be completed, soon the relationship will be fully restored. Let’s rejoice that He wants “me” here. This personal relationship is wanted by our Father in heaven. It is not about me then, it is about His desire to have us with Him.

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