09 July 2016
Updating Jesus – Jesus IS God
Greetings Dear Reader,
When my Daughter Christmas first came to live with us her faith was very basic. We were going through a Bible Study with people from our church when someone pointed out how important it was to remember that Jesus is God. He is the Son and part of the Trinity.
After everyone left it was obvious that Christmas was quite upset. She already loved Jesus. She still had issues with God. She did not want Jesus to be God. Her vision of who God is was skewed by the people who claimed to be Christians but constantly abused her.
I see two very important things about which I need to be clear. The first is that our culture wants to minimize the deity of Christ without diminishing the things they like about him. When forced to confront who Jesus is they water him down or deny him outright. We cannot embrace Jesus without embracing all that he is.
The second thing is that Christians very often misrepresent who Jesus is. We use language that does not communicate well. We add more to the Gospel than Jesus intended. We ignore that parts of his teachings that are hard for us. He is used for private purposes and to manipulate others.
No matter where we are in our journey back to God we need to see Jesus as he is. He is the God/man. He is not just a good man. He is not for private use but he is personal. He is not for private interpretation but applies uniquely to every individual. He is an uncompromising complex contradiction.
Once again when we try to diminish who Jesus is we lose the power of what he asks. We lose the ability to see his purpose. We need what Jesus offers. Watering that down in any way or adding to it even a little is wrong.
It is in Jesus that we live, and move, and have our being. There is a “master plan” and I have not idea what it is. I know that it involves getting things back to “good.” I know that it is tailored for every one of us. The rest I have to learn as I follow in faith.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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