Wishing you a warm, blessed, and illuminating Christmas! Below, Eric has included an excerpt from the manuscript he is now cultivating, God Magnified Part 12: Reciprocating Jealous-for Love. In Psalm 19, David prophesied the Christmas story as a cosmic “fusion-love” story:

The heavens are telling of the glory of God [natural stars reveal spiritual reality]; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day [the sun] pours forth speech, and night to night [other stars] reveals knowledge [1 Cor. 4:6 “God who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ”].

There is no speech, nor are their words; their voice is not heard, [not an oral message; Heb. 1:2 “God has spoken to us in His Son”]. Their line has gone out through all the earth [Matt. 2:9 “the star, which the magi had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was”], and their utterance to the end of the world [Matt. 17:2 “Jesus was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun”]

In them He has placed a tent for the sun [Psa. 84:11 “God is a sun”] which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber [for the fusion of the Trinity and humanity in Christ]; it rejoices as a strong man to run his course [the longest journey: Son of God coming as the Son of Man in jealousy-for humanity]. Its rising is from one end of the heavens, and its circuit to the other end of them [as far as it is possible to go]; and there is nothing hidden from its heat [life-giving Vortex of consuming fire]” (Psa. 19:1-6).

The intensity and extremity of the jealous-for love of our Triune-Creator revealed in the God-Man Jesus is made evident in this fact: He was willing to journey as far as was necessary and was zealous to do any Self-forsaking and Self-sharing thing necessary for the sake of humanity, His beloved other. See the incremental steps of “the longest journey” that this Bridegroom has made in jealousy-for His bride:
From the uncreated heaven (“the eternal God is a dwelling place”) → into the created heavens; → Son of God incarnated upon the earth as the Son of Man “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom. 8:3); → “He emptied Himself” to become the God-Man Nucleus, receiving into His own Person “all the fullness of Deity” and all humanity; → He “humbled Himself” to wash the feet of man and sacrificially feed Himself to man; → through Gethsemane and the cross: “having become a curse for us” (Gal. 3:13); → yielding Himself over, in our place, to the power of fission and death; → “descent into the abyss” (Rom. 10:7); → resurrection with “the keys of the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 16:19) and “the keys of death and of Hades” (Rev. 1:18); → ascension into heaven as the first human being perfected in fusion with God; “where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us” (Heb. 6:20); → “our great high priest who has passed through the heavens [e.g. with us in Him]” (Heb. 4:14); and the final leg of this journey which He has not yet made: → coming again for His bride who “has made herself ready.”

May the jealous-for Love of God in Christ transform us into His bride made ready,

The Mumfords

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