In the human caravan

In between what was and what will beJFCHRISTMAS

He has entered history

Down the corridor of time

Across a theatre of mime

I have seen the Son of Man

In the human caravan.

         – from the song “Rejoice” by John Fischer

Where? See Him there? Or wait a minute, there He is. Or is that Him over there? Darn. I think I missed Him.

He shouldn’t be that hard to pick out, mind you. I mean He’s the Son of God, for heaven’s sake. He should stick out like a sore thumb. Well, not like He hit His thumb in the carpenter’s shop, or anything. He couldn’t have done that — He’s perfect. But wouldn’t He have a sort of glow around Him because of that? All His pictures have His face shining, or there’s a sort of glowing light that’s resting on His head or hovering just over Him. A halo. Certainly His robe would shine. He would stand out.

So I’ve been watching this human caravan for a while now and I haven’t seen anything unusual about it. It’s just a mass of humanity. Peasants, well-dressed business men, cripples, beggars, flight attendants, nurses, doctors, programmers, homeless, helpless, handsome, deformed, those who obviously have it together, those who wish they did, those who don’t wish anything at all because they don’t care, chiefs, chefs, missionaries, martyrs, bakers, candlestick makers, fishermen, Congresswomen, teachers, lawyers, ball players, those with everything and the good sense to use it, those with nothing and little sense at all.

He’s not there, at least, I don’t think we can ever find Him, now. It’s just a mass of humanity and He’s in there somewhere. He didn’t rise above it, or sink below it, or even walk beside it. He is in it. Swallowed up by it. He’s in there somewhere, but we’ll never find Him because He is indistinguishable from all the rest. He could be any one of them. He could be all of them. But isn’t that the point? He came to identify with us. He came to live inside our skin.

Keep looking. You’ll never find Him. Or, better yet, you’ll find Him everywhere.

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3 Responses to In the human caravan

  1. Sandie says:

    I have a picture in my mind of the scene in Dicken’s Christmas Carol – when the Ghost of Christmas Present (?) opens his luxurious robe in the midst of a glorious feast – to reveal the rejected of humanity.

  2. John A Fagliano says:

    We are in His Image but we are not Him. We are not Him because we are not perfect. We sin and hit our thumbs with hammers. But what about the part of us that isn’t sin? I think that is His image and therefore where we find Him.

    • Sandie says:

      John – we live in a paradox – caught between two worlds; the “now and the not yet.” We are “sinners saved by grace,” and considered blameless before God because of what Jesus has done, and the Holy Spirit within us. We are also exhorted to “work out our salvation in fear and trembling,” because of the old nature that we battle with until the day we die or Jesus returns. Then it will be “complete” because we will truly see Him as the veil of sin that skews our viewpoint will be forever lifted. It is futile to try and figure out this paradox in our own wisdom; we just have to accept His word through faith. That’s when and where we find Him – He is always in the question…another paradox.

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