Genesis 1: 20-23
And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
Creation is wider and more inclusive than we usually let it be. If the Resurrection of Jesus is the “new creation”, then where are the sea monsters and the birds? What happens to them? The truth is that we probably sort of skip through these verses in the context of the Creation account. And yet, God thought that those things that were not like us, that did not live the way we live or exist the way we exist were worthy of creating even before us. What does that say?
I think it reminds us the same thing that Jesus did: The world was not made in our image. Creation is not limited to the way we see or the way we think or the way we live. God is bigger than we can possibly imagine. God reaches beyond where we go.
The lesson here is simple: Christ died for you…and him, and her, and the one that you got “pissed off” (sorry, it said it better!) at yesterday, and the one that you don’t understand, and the one that scares you, and the one that doesn’t live the way you do or think the way you do or believe the way you do or sleep with who you think they should or live where you do. In fact, Christ died for the sea monsters and the flying things, those things that are not us and do not exist where we are.
Remember that on Holy Saturday, tradition tells us that Christ “descended into hell”, sweeping up all those things that are different, all those things that we do not understand, all those things that threaten or defy our being and Christ took them unto himself. Now if Christ can do that with hell and sea monsters and flying things, why are we so high and mighty about who belongs “in” and who belongs “out”. After all, that’s not what Jesus did.
Go and welcome them all in! After all, THAT’S the answer to “What Would Jesus Do”, if you’re keeping track!
Grace and Peace,