Rural Dean's Letter - June 2017

'Come and see.' Such a simple phrase, and yet one of the most profound in all of scripture. This is God - the creator, the one in whom we all live move and have our being, extending to us a great and gracious invitation. Come and see...

God the creator is above and beyond creation. There is God... and there is everything else. In many ways perhaps never the twain shall meet - because it cannot meet. Our existence, our very being is so very different. CS Lewis once described the difference as the difference between the great author Shakespeare and his creation Hamlet. On such a vastly different level of existence. How can Hamlet possibly know of the existence of his creator? Let alone understand or come to terms with him?

Of course, we can't extend that analogy too far but the point is made; the gulf between creator and created is vast, insurmountable. It can never be bridged. Or can it? Because that's what God did. God wrote God's self into our play, our drama. God did this by becoming human. God made that bridge between two completely different ways of being. God became man. And in doing so, God walked and talked, laughed, wept and suffered alongside us.

Two human beings, two disciples of John the Baptist are drawn away from the human ministry of John the Baptist and drawn towards the divine that they sense in Jesus (Jn 1.35-39). And Jesus turns and sees them following and asks them: 'What are you looking for?' And the disciples reply, calling him Rabbi, Teacher. In other words: Teach us. Teach those things which the world cannot fully comprehend. And Jesus says: "Come and see." Welcome. Join me. Let me show you.

Through Jesus, the mystery of God is made accessible. He calls us, too, even now to get to know him better, so that we may begin to know the Father better. If we take the time to stop and to listen amidst the hurly-burly of our daily lives, we, too, will hear Jesus say: 'Come and see'.

Rev'd Martin BoothRural Dean of Sevenoaks