A Rough Diamond Can Become Something Truly Special...
A diamond is more than one facet. It is the sum of all the facets.
2 Cor 5:16-21
In the hands of an expert, a rough diamond can become something truly special.
When I lived on the farm, we would occasionally come across a low value gemstone. I was always fascinated by the range of colours. As a child, I would imagine I had discovered a very expensive gem that would make me rich. My grandmother did get some of the farm stones polished and wore them as jewellery. Once the stones were polished, they were even more spectacular. Not opals by any means, but still beautiful.
Diamonds really aren’t that special in the rough. They don’t look a lot different to quartz. And, yes on the farm I’d imagine that the quartz I’d find was really diamonds. I now hope it was all quartz. However, in the hands of an expert, a rough diamond can become something truly special. As you look at the stone through the many facets you see a range of refracted colour.
A diamond is more than one facet. It is the sum of all the facets. This is true of many of the important things in the bible. The flat surface on top of a diamond is called the table. The rest of the facets are formed off that. The attributes of God are like a multifaceted diamond. God is love – love is like the table and the rest of his attributes are formed from his love.
The atonement is also a multifaceted theology. What God did at the first Easter is too broad to describe in a sentence or two. In fact, it is too big for human language. All our analogies and pictures fall flat if pushed too far.
What the triune God did at the first Easter is amazing. Never take it for granted.