Paul is riffing on a passage from Deuteronomy 30 beginning with vs. 11: “For this Law that I give to you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in heaven, so that you need to ask yourselves, “Who will go up to heaven for us and bring it down to us, so that we may hear it and keep it?” 13 Nor is it beyond the seas, so that you need to wonder, “Who will cross the seas for us and bring it back to us, so that we may hear it and keep it?” 14 No, the word of God is very near to you; it is in your mouth, and in your heart, so that you can keep it.”
Paul takes “Law” and substitutes “Christ”.
Remember Christmas? Good!
Remember Easter, or Pentecost? Excellent!
They aren’t just observances or celebrations within the Church. They are marker points of change within the Christian’s life. They are the ‘thin spots’ between God and ourselves.
Remember our short look into Revelation last month? — “And I heard a loud voice calling from the throne, “Look! God’s Tabernacle is among humankind! God will live with them; they will be God’s people, and God will be fully present among them. 4 The Most High will wipe away every tear from their eyes. And death, mourning, crying and pain will be no more, for the old order has fallen.” [Revelation 21:3-4]
We do not need to reach up to heaven to know God. God has come to us.
We do not need to wait to die to know God more fully. God has come to dwell with us– here– now.
God has come to us… all of us. And all means ALL!
See you in church!