God the Sculptor
Gospel Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:5-11
Dear Community of Christians,
The mysteries of Christianity are infinitely deep. The real mystery is the becoming of the human being. The image of becoming lives in the knowing of God. The divinity works as a sculptor, and it is a very long process. The sculpture-God uses for this purpose the skills of love and law.
In the paradise, the first commandment was given: “it was not allowed for man to eat from the tree of life”. This necessity had the purpose of educating a still childlike humanity. And we know, if we do not establish rules for children, they would enter their adult life without orientation in nature and in society.
Once mankind was in the state of childhood during the Exodus from Egypt, which lasted 40 years. People became impatient, ungrateful and rebelled against God. Then the LORD said to Moses, “make a serpent of brass, and set it up on a high pole. Whoever is bitten from the serpent and then looks at it, shall live.” Moses made a bronze serpent and set it up on a pole. And if the serpent bit any person, and if they looked upon the brazen serpent with humility, they lived." These words of the Old Testament can only be understood if one considers that people obeyed the laws out of fear, or hope of reward. Also today, when we follow outer laws, we do so because we don’t want to be punished. Although so many laws keep us at bay, today science does not seem to be interested in the law of God, of not eating from the tree of life in their research. The laws of life are untouchable so long as we do not recognize the actual task, the becoming.
Today many laws that govern our external life teach us to accept norms in order to live together as human beings, except for those laws that do not serve the community but are established arbitrarily.
Actually, we are still under the rod of Moses, but we have to be clearly aware that through the outer law, we do not find access to our higher human nature. To the quality of becoming.
It is Christ’s deed that has brought the new law to earth. The free deed of love by Christ which we inherited, calls us to consciously awaken the inner hidden forces, the forces of becoming. Certainly, the external laws were and are a model for the internal law. The sculptor God hands us the chisel for our future development. And now we are obliged to learn and follow the inner law, that it becomes the main impulse in life. The inner law of life enables us to act out of the strength of truth and love. Then we will not only understand the mystery of Christianity, but we will also be able to realize it for the future.
Rev. Ute Koenig