Friday, January 11, 2013

The Source

As I continue to meditate on Matthew 11:28, I am once again focused on the "Me" of Jesus's invitation to "Come unto Me". 

Come unto Jesus—My Head 
Come unto Jesus—My Source

We really have gotten it all wrong when we go to think about Jesus as our Head.  We have made this word an authoritarian one, but this was originally written in the Greek language by Paul to those who spoke Greek. Their understanding of this word was not an authoritarian one, but rather an understanding that this Greek word, kephale, meant “source” or “origin” or “completion”.  You can see examples of this in Greek imagery such as statuary with water pouring from the mouth or Zeus with children being birthed from his head. 

For me, this image of Jesus as our Head, our Source, is one full of beauty, comfort, and empowerment. 
“But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.”  
John 19:34 

 I have always believed that at this moment, when the soldiers pierced the side of Jesus and the blood and water poured forth, the Bride of Christ was spiritually born.  We were birthed from our Source’s side, the second Adam, just like Eve the bride of the first Adam was birthed from His side—and we draw our life, our strength, from our Source. He washes us, nourishes us, cherishes us, and loves us as His bride. 

It is a beautiful picture of oneness just as Ephesians 5:25-32 describes, 

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church."

So today, and every day, I must come to my Source to receive all that I need—to become one with Him—to be nourished by Him—to be cherished by Him—to be washed by Him—to be loved by Him.  
I must hold fast to my Head from where all my nourishment comes

"...holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God." 
Colossians 2:19

Some translations of this verse read that I must stay “connected” to my Head.  I find that is often my problem—I get busy and lose that connection. 
 BUT if I want to grow “with a growth that is from God” and if I want to be fed with all that I need, 
I must come to Jesus, 

My Head—My  Most Beautiful Source.  

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