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December 12, 2016, 1:00 PM

A God with Skin On


There is a small voice in the stillness of the night.  It comes from the bedroom across the hall.  “Daddy I’m scared!”  Out of a groggy, fuzzy state, the response is, “Honey, don’t be afraid, Daddy’s right across the hall.”  After a brief pause the little voice is heard again, “I’m still scared.”  But with quick insight came a second parental response, “You don’t need to be afraid.  God is with you.  God loves you.”  This time the pause is longer…but the little voice returns, “Daddy I don’t care about God, I want someone with skin on.”

The irony of this little story is that God does have skin on!  That’s one of the points made yesterday in Matthew 1.  A genealogy places events squarely within time and space. Jesus was born; to Mary and Joseph - begotten of the Father; by the Holy Spirit - but to Mary and Joseph. He had skin on!

 


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