But Jesus knew that he could only live one life: his own. So, accepting those limits, he lived right up to them—"to the point of death, even death on a cross." Irenaeus, one of the early leaders of the church, says “the glory of God is a human being fully alive." And that was Jesus. Even on the cross, he was fully alive, fully embracing every moment of his mortal life. He lived life to its fullest despite the limits that being in the flesh had put on him. And if we would be his followers, we must do the same.
So for those who can't quite buy into the story of the virgin birth, but want to hold onto the story of the Son of God, I suggest that you pay attention to the story of the Holy Spirit. The truth in all of these stories is the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit's story begins with the very first verses of Genesis and continues on to the very last verses in Revelation. And we can't tell the story of Jesus without the story of the Spirit. So today, I'm going to ask the children to help me tell it.
If I asked an evangelical Christian what it meant to believe "in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord," she would probably ask me if I had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. For many believers, having a "personal relationship" with our Savior is the very definition of being a Christian. What is odd about this is that evangelicals, who claim to get everything from the Bible, talk about being a Christian with language that never appears in the Bible.
What are spiritual senses? Well, whatever they are, they don't operate apart from our physical senses. It's a way of seeing, a way of hearing. In fact, I think Wesley is talking about letting the Holy Spirit train our physical senses, raise them to the next level, so that we can use them to help us tune into the reality of the spiritual, the presence of God. For me, that's what it means to be born again, to have God fill up my senses ("like a night in the forest, like a mountain in springtime, like a walk in the rain…")