In The Wake Of A Miracle
Events that follow the promise
- Mary’s Miracle
- “You shall have a child and name him Jesus.”
- The Unexpected Consequences
- Her miracle brought unexpected misery
- Mary’s posture
- “May all you have said happen to me.”
…A divine event that transcends natural law
The purpose behind a miracle is to move us from where
we are to where we are meant to be…
It is meant to be transformative.
Components To The Miracle
- The Birth & Beginning
- Born in a manger but not meant to stay there.
- The Ministry (paradoxical light with seeming chaos)
- Wisdom, power, authority yet despised, rejected, put to death
- The Fulfillment (true knowing, expanded living)
- The arrival of Heaven On Earth
The Christ-child is now the Christ Triumphant
There is a mirroring
in our lives
in this progression
of the miracle
of the life of Jesus.
To illustrate the transforming nature of the Miracle as applied to us…
The Initial Order (Containment)
- Our 1st faith
- A truer faith with fewer answers
“In the first half of life, our task is to build a container. Eventually we realize that life isn’t primarily about the container, but the contents.” Richard Rohr
The Process Of Our Miraculous Transformation
- ORDER (containment)
- It’s the beginning of our faith experience but we’re not meant to remain there. In this stage we think we know but we don’t.
- DISORDER (paradox/light with seeming chaos)
- We begin to see what is false in the 1st box and begin to recognize Truth as we struggle with seeming contradictions.
- REORDER (true knowing, expanded living)
- The arrival of Heaven On Earth IN ME!
The Birth of Jesus…
The Ministry of Jesus…
The Resurrection of Jesus…
Is the path we walk to the same destination.
From confinement, through chaos mixed with light, to a complete remodeled being that looks like Jesus.
Like God. A reimaging.
A re-purposed, reconstructed, “new creation” that reflects GOD.
- Early Faith (confinement)
- I think I know (but I really don’t)
- The Chaos (disorder & deconstruction)
- The crisis of losing my ego driven faith
- Acknowledging the need to move on
- Finding comfort in mystery
- The Arrival
Pastor Dan Burchett ~ Open Door ~ December 11, 2016
ODM website: opendoorlongbeach.org