Eddie and Sue Arthur

Love, The Universe, A Stable and A Cross

“Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving that transcends time and space.”

Sue and I rarely go to the cinema, but last night we made a trip out to see Interstellar. It was spectacular, amusing, thought provoking and definitely a film to watch at the cinema, not at home on the TV (or worse, in the economy seat of plane, which is where I do most of my film watching).

However, as we drove home, I didn’t find myself thinking about the amazing visuals or the rather excellent Robots, but about the quote at the top of the page.

At first sight, this seems rather profound. Without giving too much away, it is the love of the main character for his daughter – though he is light years from home and she is stuck on the earth – which fuels the story. One might also see a Christian theme in this; God’s love being eternal and omnipresent.

But there is more…

The amazing thing about God’s love is that it is not simply a force or emotion which exists in some higher plane of reality. God became man and his love was embodied in a baby in a stable and demonstrated on a barbaric wooden cross on a hill top thirty years later. Love might transcend time and space, but we can’t and so God came into our realm. Limited himself in time and space, pitched his tent among us and ultimately redeemed creation through death and resurrection.

Interstellar is a great story about human beings heading off into space, but it pales into insignificance alongside the true story of love taking on human form and limiting himself for us.

Love came down at Christmas
Love all lovely, love divine
Love was born at Christmas
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead
Love incarnate, love divine
Worship we our Jesus
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token
Love shall be yours and love be mine
Love to God and to all men
Love for plea and gift and sign…

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