No ordinary family…

from the late Paul Hiebert’s The Gospel in Human Contexts:

“But this is no ordinary family, no merely human community. In world religions, the gods demand the service of their worshipers, who must feed and clothe them, take them on processions, and offer sacrifices to them. In the church, it is God who descends to identify himself with his creation, washes the feet of his disciples, offers himself as their sacrifice, and invites them to a banquet in which he himself is the meal! And when Christ returns in all his glory, he will seat his followers at his table and serve them (Luke 12:37). From a human perspective on power and glory, this is incomprehensible.”

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