Vicar’s Reflection: Divine disclosure. The Epiphany, 5th January 2020
We have lived with God’s disclosure in Christ for so long that we take it for granted. Just before Christmas I was standing in line at the checkout waiting to pay for some festive supplies. There was a Maori family ahead of me, an Asian family behind, a Pakeha at the till supervised by a Samoan manager, who came to check my age when the red flag for my bottle of wine came up. All chatting, working and waiting together in a good-natured buzz of anticipation for the celebrations ahead. Not all may have been Christian, but all were about to celebrate in their own way the feast of the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ. That experience at the check-out embodied what God’s disclosure in Christ was all about as understood by St Paul. Firstly, “that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 3:6. All people are equal before God. This may seem like common sense, but it was not so in Paul’s time and on reflection we all know attitudes of racism, prejudice and privilege linger on today. Secondly, “through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3.12. Until God’s disclosure in the life of Christ we had no evidence to believe God took any notice of or cared a scrap for humanity. After Jesus, God’s love is as clear as the light of day.