A Social Deviant?

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And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John 1:14 ESV

On my first overseas trip I had an eight-hour layover at the airport in Singapore. I was definitely out of my comfort zone. I was scared! Why am I here? I asked myself. What am I doing here? What will I be eating where I’m going? A lot of questions hung in my mind. But the primary question was: Why do it? And my answer was: There’s something that’s got to be more important than who I am. There has to be a bigger reason, a bigger “Yes” that outweighs all the “No’s” I can think of. The answer was “Love.”

In the Incarnation we see the love of God. Jesus took on a human body, and He still has it. In my understanding He has a body now forever. The scars on His hands and feet that show His love for us? I think they are still there. Why would anyone do it but for love? God wanted relationship with us, so He came here in human form.

If you want to be heroic, you have to be willing to step out of the pack, out of the crowd. The crowd is rarely right. You have to be willing to be different. In researching heroes, I went online and saw a definition by Psychology Today: “Heroes are social deviants.” They stand out.

God the Son was willing to leave Heaven where He had the praise of throngs of angels and was in constant communion with the Father and Spirit. He came to earth as a baby. The one who had all knowledge had to learn how to speak. The perfect one had to live in a place of temptation.

A pale reflection of this would be if Bill Gates went to live with homeless people under a bridge because of love.

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Tom Short

Tom Short Campus Ministries
Columbus, Ohio

One-Year Bible Reading
Isaiah 10:1-11:16
2 Corinthians 12;11-21
Psalm 56:1-13
Proverbs 23:6-8

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