Just Who Rose?
By R.J. Godlewski
© April 19, 2014, All Rights Reserved
“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Luke 18:17 New American Bible
“Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4 NAB
Adults suffer from two interminable maladies. First, most adult humans have lost the ability to imagine and “see” things as we once did as a small child. Second, for those humans who have not lost the ageless beauty of a child’s vision, we have not fully matured into adulthood either. As we grow older and fascinate ourselves with the level of our intellect, we generally reclassify the child-like into being rather childish and, therefore, suffer ourselves to the ravages of time as self-important adults, too burdened and “rational” to consider the implications of childhood innocence. Nevertheless, permit me to remind you of the most beautiful child’s tale of all.
Approximately two thousand and eighteen years ago, give or take a couple years owing to the lack of calendars present, an infant was born into the world that literally rocked the Establishment. An infant who turned both Jewish hierarchy and history upon end and Whose mere presence caused an earthly king to massacre other infants in a vain attempt to prevent the inevitable. This infant shattered all misconceptions about – and challenges against – God, for He was God. The ultimate Creator and Master of all that ever was, is, or will be came to Earth as a highly vulnerable child born to a young virgin. Why, exactly, did literal Omnipresence come to visit humanity in such an exposed state? Because humans desire to be in control despite our best intentions and interests.
Throughout the ages, people have envisioned God as some form of majestic beast or gold-encrusted entity that remained far too powerful for all but the most righteous to even venture near. God was neither forgiving, nor tolerant, nor friendly. Even the ancient history of His “Chosen People” reads more like a manual of war than a doctrine of faith and, perhaps because He knows humanity all too well, He had to come amongst us to set the record straight. God Who was born in a stable, cast out of His home nation, and lost from His earthly parents for three days, suffered more anguish before His teenage years than most modern adults witness within several decades of life. Why? Because humans cannot be human until we are shown how. And before Christ, there were no humans to speak of.
Before Christianity, there remained no concept of Forgiveness, Charity, Healthcare, and Eternal Life. Some measure of these thoughts occurred to a select few individuals, but none of them had the Commanding Presence of One Whose actions remained infallible. Christ not only chose the most human (and impoverished) birth, He consciously chose the most inhuman method of death. Again, why? Because human beings will always humanize our deities without necessarily elevating ourselves to our fullest potential. We earthly “creators”, whether artisans, politicians, or simple malcontents always find a way to “rewrite” stories to satisfy ourselves. We lost our ability to, as that which always gained respectability from Gen. George Patton, ‘bounce’ upwards after hitting bottom. We seek life without responsibility and death without care.
There is not a single “problem” with being a human being that Christ did not vanquish through His Life and Death. Born into a poor family? Christ shared His crib with animals. Parental difficulties? Christ was born to a teenage virgin betrothed to a much older man; God therefore had a stepdad. Raised in a tough neighborhood? Christ had to flee from His home because King Herod sent a literal street gang to kill every child even close to Christ’s age. Have extended family problems? The Man that changed water into wine, walked upon the sea, and raised the dead accomplished very few miracles amongst his family and neighbors. And what of your backstabbing friends? Have they sent you to be crucified for a mere 30 pieces of silver? Have they denied you three times in a single night even after they had declared you God?
This Easter Sunday we celebrate the most unbelievable story ever told that remained true nevertheless. Christ indeed rose from the dead, after experiencing the most inhumane treatment any individual could endure. Why? Because God so loved the world that He wants us to come to know Him in our own unique way. All roads eventually lead to Christ, but only One road leads to Heaven. The road is narrow and difficult, yes, but compared with Christ’s life…What is your excuse for not being human?
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE EASTER EVERYONE!
R.J. Godlewski (GOD LESS KEY) is currently the manager of Tactical Extractions, LLC., a threat resolution services company, and serves as president of Roadsailor Security Corporation. He is a graduate of American Military University, holding an M.A. in Military Studies, Asymmetrical Warfare concentration and a B.A. in Intelligence Studies, Terrorism Studies concentration, both earned with academic honors. He further holds graduate and undergraduate certificates in Security Management and Explosive Ordnance Disposal, respectively. Mr. Godlewski is a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve.