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What Love is This?

by Dan Cruver Published Jan 31, 2011

“The Son of God descending [to earth] became what we are, a man for all men and women. He passed through the earth to gather his lost and mortally wounded children. Through the sewers of human sin he strode, picking us up, we who were bound for the grave, and carrying us on his back. He walked upstream against the flood of the filthy waters of our defiance and corruption. Jesus brought us through death and into the place of healing and communion. He passed through the veil and into the Father’s presence, in our name and on our behalf. He came to us as the representative of God’s intentions of love toward us. He returned to his Father, bearing us in his heart, having taken our sins onto his back on the cross, and thus representing us to God. The ascension [of Jesus] brings our humanity out of the sewers of sin and into the Father’s house, the place of union and communion” (emphasis mine; Gerrit Scott Dawson, Jesus Ascended: The Meaning of Christ’s Continuing Incarnation, 119).

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