Written as a young scholar, this short article by John Webster, who died this year, reflects on the Incarnation – “Here, as always in the Christian faith, so much hangs on so littIe – this little scrap of history, this perilously obscure birth, surrounded by the whiff of scandal, is the ultimate point of the ways of God into mankind. And this is the point that we are to return to if we would learn both who God is, and who we ourselves are. God became man that man might become man”.
The idea of a personal relationship with Jesus that lacks the experience of grace as command is just plain silly. Like sex without committed fellowship under God, it ain’t the real thing.