It’s about Jesus

In my last question, I’m wondering if Jesus is central in our lives?  Is He the One we are beholding or are we making man made movements the center of our daily thoughts?  Something like that.  To illustrate what I am trying to say, I’m going to post something one of my friends wrote.  Perhaps, at this point,  I should say that  I’m not a mystic.  Well, some days I am 🙂 This friend is definately more of a mystic than I am.  He captures something of what I want to say.

What about incredible Truths
Ever heard these type of truths declared?
Jesus Christ is not just gentle, He is gentleness.
He is not just kind, He is kindness
He is not just a peacemaker, He is peace
He is not just truthful, He is Truth

What does it mean to be ‘ALL in ALL’ because that is what Jesus Christ is. He is the embodiment, the visual Image of God, everything that God is, is displayed in Christ. Every truth, every thought, every action ever taken or Spoken by God has been realized/materialized/SUMMED UP in Christ.

And that, all of that is in EVERY Christian that ever lived and that ever will live. And that includes every one alive today.
The Moon, is not the Moon, Jesus Christ is the Moon
The Sun, is not the Sun, Jesus Christ is the Sun
The ocean is not the ocean, Jesus Christ is the ocean
Mountains are not mountains, Jesus Christ is the mountain

When Christ becomes all in all, when we see Him as the all in all, the pictures (mountains,oceans,fish,every kind of animal) are replaced by what they represent and all of represents the same Person….Jesus Christ.

Words never had a chance at describing the glory that God IS. So pictures (worth a million words) were used to in some way capture the beauty (a sunset), glory (the stars/galaxies), kindness(sheep), fury(horse/wild animal/storms/waves), humility(a dog), vastness(the stars/galaxies) of an indescribable God.

This can be the focus this can be a livelong endevour…to know Him. To know Him in the pictures, to know Him in fullness. He and He alone satisfies every thought of God. Think of God in any way and Christ comes into picture. That is God’s design, that is God purpose: for Christ to be ‘ALL in ALL’. Everything in Everything.

He is the coolness of the eveing breeze, he is the calmness of the ocean, he is dryness of the desert, the abundance of the Amazon, the colours of the birds.
He is the ALL in ALL.

We know not Who we know.  We know the thoughts of God….Jesus Christ;
We know the reason for creation…Jesus Christ
We know the love of God…Jesus Christ
We know the purpose of life…Jesus Christ

“Of Me through Me and to Me are all things”.

O God, that we may take everything as from You and know everythings comes through You, and everything returns to You.

If Jesus is the beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, why look for another beginning, why fear the end?

Knowledge of God can strenthen your faith, but knowledge can never create faith.
If Christ is All in ALL, He is also….faith.   by Christo.

I’m not here to debate if what he said is theologically correct, but Jesus seems to be the focal point, wouldn’t you agree?

You can also read his next post “Loving God and Need“.  There is a lot to digest.

Question 12

If we stop talking/blogging about “Emerging“, “Emergent“, “Missional” and “Post-(anything)“, will we then talk/blog about Jesus?

If you think that this is a stupid question, look at the christian blogosphere the past 2 years.  What is the culmination of all we’ve talked about?… and no, it’s not Jesus.

A cure for the church?

I love the church, but we have strayed very far from being the bride of Christ on earth.  We are self-centred, love power and like to look down on people.  Add to that, the fact that that we are not really known for loving of each other.  Now we all know that God’s kingdom is and upside down reverse type of realm and because of this, I believe I have found a cure for the church.

This is what I believe we should do…
We should go out to the hospitals and ask the sick to pray for our healing.
We should go to the poor and ask them to take care of us.
We should go to the atheists and ask them to pray for our unbelief.
We should go to the jails and ask the inmates to free us from our own small confinements and the ones we’ve created for God.
We should go to the vagrants, panhandlers and beggars and ask for their help.
We should go to people who are gay and ask them to teach us tolerance.
We should go to other denominations and ask them to break our walls.
We should go to our enemies and ask them to teach us about peace.
We should go to Jesus, to show us God.

What do you think and more important, what can you add?  Will this help us or not?

Monotony

I work in a library.  Library work can sometimes be described as  monotonous.  You do the same thing over and over and over and over…you get the idea 🙂 A lot of us can describe our lives the same way.  We get up, go to work, come home, do someting, go to bed and repeat the process day after day after day.  Where is God in all of this?  Is He present in the routine acts of our lives?

I think G.K. Chesterton has an answer for us…

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”

I have never thought about it this way, but I find this very comforting.  I hope they don’t fire me when I start to play at work 🙂