Gendered Redemption and Zion

When Jesus died, he left his mother in the custody of “the disciple whom he loved” so that she would be cared for (John 19:26-27, ESV). Reading the end of Isaiah just now makes me think of Mary as Zion who has been forgotten. In Isaiah 60:15-16, Zion is as one who was once married but has become widowed and forgotten. In Isaiah 61:6-7, the tables have turned and she has become like the Virgin Mary and Hannah, recieving a double portion where there once was only loneliness. In a way that isn’t obscured by the mire of human relationships, Mary’s innocence and pure intentions have an enormous role to the gospel because they are emblematic of one who has been redeemed. Bearing children without ever being pregnant and God establishing a nation (his people) out of she who was forsaken and a new name at that echoes that past, present, and future legacy of the virgin birth. With God’s kingdom being established as his harvest in the Spirit, we are related through the new flesh and blood found in communion and Christ Jesus. It makes sense that the nation of Israel and Zion (which is the new Jerusalem) would be born out of a purifying spirit (baptized by the Spirit instead of water like John the Baptist), because putting on a new self is not an earthly sort of natural. The new self is supernatural and only accessible through the son of God. Literally and emblematically, you must be reborn of a love that has been redeemed.

God’s love for Mary and how Christ loves his bride isn’t a cheap joke at an Oedipus complex, it’s the redeemed state of Man redeeming woman in the inverted order of the Fall, interwoven as cycles of life and submission to one gender or another that represent the passage of time and humanity. As being made in God’s image,  both genders are represented in redemption. Man redeems his status as protector and provider, whereas woman’s love has been made sacred. This is sanctification at it’s finest.

When God’s love inundates your life and you understand that you are cherished, it feels a lot like the insane amount of work Christ put in by going out of his way for the sake of all of our lives. The feeling of abundance in love is holy and sacred, and it’s something that God justifies within his own time. The world may be going absolutely crazy, but God’s endings have been established from on old. If he wants to say this story ends as a love story instead of a divine comedy or tragedy, who am I to defy him? His love is woven through all of us in the breathe of life and holy image we are given. It is enough just to be under his love.

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haleylol

I am a teacher-to-be who loves people. I am not afraid of many things. I like to explain my thoughts logically on a very birds-eye view level--I was born thinking that way. I follow Jesus Christ, and I accept only that label to describe my identity--that I am a child of God, as are infinite others, regardless of their other identities. Christ is my one thing.

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