Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Orange Moon Tuesday, June 4, 2024 "The Transfer of the Transcendent"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"The Transfer of the Transcendent"  

"The Christ who has always been, and who perfectly knows the reality of eternity by divine knowledge, now knows the reality of time by human experience."


    The God who transcends time was transferred into time.

    "From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God" (Psalm 90:2).

    "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son" (Galatians 4:4).

     We cannot know the limitation experienced by the Lord Jesus Christ when He left Heaven to live a lifetime in a world marked by countless sequential moments related to one another, but which lack the unified oneness of perception known by the mind of God.  We can be sure, however, that it felt foreign, and that it pressured Him in ways He had never experienced in His "from everlasting" existence with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  Never once did the challenge overwhelm Him, causing Him to act in a manner of fear or unfaithfulness.  He did, however, very much feel the challenge.

   "We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).

    How time tempts us!  And, unlike our Lord, how we sometimes allow its pressures to result in the sin of unbelief and fear.  We very much abide at present in a walk with God wherein the eternal perspective that overcomes such temptation remains a learning process.  "Thou wilt keep Him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee" surely involves the remembrance that God works in us according to the eternal view, which greatly impacts our experience of time in the most beneficial way (Isaiah 26:3).  It does not always seem to be the case, however, and we must make many choices in life to affirm that the everlasting God graces our moments with the eternal emphasis that is always in our best interest.   As the Apostle Paul affirmed, "All things work together for good to them that love God… The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Romans 8:28:;18). 

   Whatever our challenges may be in the present, they do not begin to compare with the challenge known by the eternally transcendent Son of God who, for our sakes, transferred into the realm of time.  In simplest terms, what would such a being experience in the first moment of such limitation, and in all moments thereafter?  We will never know.  Of this we can be sure, however: the Christ who has always been, and who perfectly knows the reality of eternity by divine knowledge, now knows the reality of time by human experience.  He knows by a sacrifice that culminated in Calvary's cross, but which accompanied every moment of His earthly sojourn.  Our response?  This moment in time offers opportunity to bow head and heart in wonder, in worship, and in the wherewithal to live this day with an eternal perspective.  Someone has already done this perfectly, and He will lead and guide us to join Him in seeing our moments in the light of forever…

"We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."

(II Corinthians 4:18)

Weekly Memory Verse

   How excellent is Thy lovingkindness, O God!  Therefore, the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings.

(Psalm 36:7)


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