Here’s a passage from a book I enjoyed reading, The Shack Revisited by C. Baxter Kruger.
In most great stories there is a twist that no one sees coming; something that happens that catches both the characters and the readers by surprise. And once it happens, everyone’s understanding of the story changes. In the Bible, it’s the incarnation of the Son of God. Not a single character in the long drama of Israel anticipated that God would come in person. While not at all inconsistent with the love of Israel’s Lord, such personal presence wasn’t even a blip on Israel’s radar of possibility… But according to John the Baptist, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, even doubting Thomas and Saul of Tarsus, this is exactly what happened…
The shocker of the New Testament is that Israel’s Lord became human. The Creator, the One in and through and by and for all things were created and are constantly sustained, entered into His own creation and became one of us – Immanuel, ‘God with us’.
The New Testament fits into Israel’s history like a new-found scroll that recasts the whole story in a new light. It is loaded with revolutionary ideas that call for a serious rethinking of everything we thought we knew about God, about creation, and about human life and history.
The Shack Revisited by C. Baxter Kruger