Jesus, for me it’s Jesus

“Jesus, for me it’s Jesus”. That’s what I found myself saying a couple of weeks ago at a small group discussion at my church. We were talking about what we would say to someone who had left the faith about why we remain Christian. We live in a world that offers nearly endless forms of religion and spirituality. Why stay a Christian?

Jesus, I said, is what Christians have to offer the world. The Incarnation is a uniquely Christian understanding of God. God becomes human and “moves into the neighborhood” (The Message, John 1). The idea that God comes to us, that God becomes one of us is an astounding idea. God is not content to remain far away or to be separate from us. Jesus shows us that God doesn’t hide from us. Jesus shows us that God doesn’t set up barriers or hurdles or walls between us and God.

God doesn’t wind up the universe and then watch from afar. God doesn’t reach down from heaven to tweak the system with a miracle or two when things go astray.  When we look at Jesus we see the God who lives with us. Who walks with us. Who feeds us. Who comforts us. Who cares for us.

Not a superhero, swooping in to rescue us. Not a magician, to fix things. Not a genie to grant our wishes.

No, we see Jesus living and bringing the reign of God in surprising and perplexing ways.

The conversation around our table was rich. We talked about Jesus and about the kingdom of God and community and justice and more.

So if someone, say me, asked- what keeps you Christian- what would you say?

About these ads

Tags: , ,

15 Responses to “Jesus, for me it’s Jesus”

  1. mobius faith Says:

    ditto.

  2. Don’t ask the easy questions « Michael Wilson's Blog Says:

    [...] Jesus, for me it’s Jesus (conversationinfaith.wordpress.com) [...]

  3. Roberta Says:

    Amen! It’s Jesus all the way..

  4. Trial of Jesus: Jesus Distinguishes Religion from Politics | Contemplative Mind Says:

    [...] Jesus, for me it’s Jesus (conversationinfaith.wordpress.com) [...]

  5. erinambrose Says:

    Yes, Jesus! Where else could I go? Where else might we receive peace, love, grace, mercy, strength, hope….

  6. 121007–George Hach’s Inner Disciplines Journal–Sunday | Says:

    [...] Jesus, for me it’s Jesus (conversationinfaith.wordpress.com) [...]

  7. God Reveals Himself Through Jesus | On Planting Seeds… Says:

    [...] Jesus, for me it’s Jesus (conversationinfaith.wordpress.com) [...]

  8. THE TIME IS NOW TO RENEW YOUR SPIRITUAL VITALITY « Vine and Branch World Ministries.com Says:

    [...] Jesus, for me it’s Jesus (conversationinfaith.wordpress.com) [...]

  9. aFrankAngle Says:

    I’d say Jesus because I just read this wonderful post. ;) … I couldn’t resist.

    Nonetheless, your answer with its explanation here is down to the core. Well done.

  10. Walk On The Water | The Good News Says:

    […] Jesus, for me it’s Jesus (conversationinfaith.wordpress.com) […]

  11. Don’t ask the easy questions | Quotes, thoughts and musings Says:

    […] Jesus, for me it’s Jesus (conversationinfaith.wordpress.com) […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 112 other followers

%d bloggers like this: