This Sunday's readings juxtapose two things: marriage and Jesus' incarnation. This to me is a beautiful way of explaining the mystery of God become flesh. In the Genesis and Gospel readings, it is emphasized that man and woman are made of the same stuff, the same flesh. God made an appropriate companion for Adam by creating out of his own material, leading him to exclaim: "Flesh of my flesh, and bone of my bone!" Jesus describes marriage as two becoming one flesh, a union of like entities in the bond of love. So when we read the Hebrews passage, and we hear: "Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things...Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect..." we can relate the work of Christ to the picture of marriage. God became man because we needed a savior just like us, with flesh and bone, to unite himself to us. Our concluding hymn, with the poetry of Charles Wesley, captures this wonderfully in the last stanza: "Our knees and hearts to Him we bow; of our flesh, and of our bone, See - Jesus is our brother now, And God is all our own!"
This Sunday, we'll sing a few new songs. One is called "Prayers of the People," and you can listen to it here:
Another new song is "Jesus, Your Love." Hear it below:
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday!