Reclaiming our Divinity in Christ

December 23:

Mal.3:1-4.23-24/Ps.24:4-5.8-9.10.14/Lk.1:57-66


Reclaiming our Divinity in Christ


No one is as determined as God is to rebuild the broken bond, which exists between humankind and God since the fall of Adam. God has gone beyond the call of duty to help humankind reclaim their divine image and likeness (Ps.82:6; Jn.10:34). Throughout the Advent Season, God is persistent in his call for the world to follow his ways, walk in his paths, and embrace the truth and to acknowledge him our God and saviour.


From the beginning, God made himself the model for all humankind to emulate. He made them in his own image and likeness. God, from the beginning God destined humankind to be good and upright, meek and humble, faithful to his covenant and loving like God himself. Christ contextualized this by telling us we must be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. In the words of the Father himself, be holy for I am holy (Lev.11:44-45). That fell through the cracks with Adam and Israel’s repeated disruption of the covenants as well as our ongoing rebellion against God. However, God never surrendered his good intentions to any other. Humankind’s divinity matters more to God than any other created object. We are the apple of his eyes.


Until today, God is relentless in his efforts to rebuild humankind’s sense of divine nature, dignity, integrity and consciousness. God’s call to conversion is persistent. He will not surrender until humankind cooperates with his plan of salvation just as Elijah, Elizabeth, Zechariah, Mary and Joseph did. God is adamant that humankind’s existence here on earth must make them useful coinages in the economy of salvation like the above-mentioned who prepared the estranged children of God for the first coming of Christ. That type of friendship between God and ourselves is still possible (Heb.4:1-2).


My friends, God is longing to reestablish a lasting friendship with humankind (Jn.3:16). How is that possible? The Psalmist assures us “The Lord’s friendship is for those who revere him; to them, he reveals his covenant (Ps.24:14).” What does the Lord ask of the world today? Two days before Christmas, in his own words, Christ tells us, “Stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand (Lk.21:28).” God is counting on our full cooperation. Let us spruce up our minds, hearts, souls and spirits for the coming of the Lord.


O God, you are marvellous and your ways are true. Led me and I will follow wherever you lead me.

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