On (My)Human Nature

Posted: April 1st, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

When I think of of who I am, and what I’ve done in my life ,whether good or bad, I am reminded of the words, “what is man that You [God] are mindful of him [me].” With all of my imperfections and, at times, outright rebellion, the Creator of all that is and will be has chosen me to help carry His message of love, faith, and hope. It’s humbling.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about my real human nature. As I was reading the account of the crucifiction, being Easter and all, and something new stood out to me. Our nature is not to want a Savior, but to [try to] be our own.

SelfishCheck it. Jesus is on the cross. People, including the chief priests and elders, all around were yelling at him, ” ‘You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!’ In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ‘

Here is man, in all his “glory”, yelling at the Savior to save Himself. Why were they yelling this? Because they were projecting on him what they would do. If they were in his position with all that power, they would save themselves. Here is prideful man, instead of pleading, “What can we do to be saved?” they can only resort to their nature and think in terms of temporal physical survival instead of their eternal spiritual wellbeing.

This man, who some said was the Messiah, come to free Israel and crush their enemies, with all power to remove Himself and call down a legion of angels to fight on his behalf, chose to humble Himself and give His life in place of ours. That is His nature: love.

That is what I long for, more of him, and less of me.

Well, some words to think on,

- mooney

  • Nate

    “…I came into the world. Free by nature, in the image of God, I was nevertheless the prisoner of my own violence and my own selfishness, in the image of the world into which I was born. That world was the picture of Hell, full of men like myself, loving God and yet hating Him; born to love Him, living instead in fear and hopeless self-contradictory hungers.” Thomas Merton – The Seven Storey Mountain

    Thought this was an interesting quote. We all have that pull within us between the spiritual and the natural. We were created for communion with God but our sinful, fallen nature pulls us aways from Him and towards our own devices. It is those devices that led them to yell at the Saviour upon the cross. It was the lack of spiritual awareness and a focus on the natural that clouded their judgment.

    The truth is that we are all in that state apart form God. As the quote states; “born to love Him, living instead in fear and hopeless self-contradictory hungers.” Outside of the revelation of God and His goodness for us, displayed in the sacrifice at Calvary, we are unable to fix our eyes on spiritual things.

    It’s really quite amazing to realize that apart from God’s grace we are so blind that we would fail to recognize the very Son of God.