While we can live in radical grace and know that Christ is our life, we can be sensitive and open to the fact that this is not a generalisation or just a religious position. If Christ is all and in all – and He is – then His life is our life as a person, as the church and as a nation. It’s one thing to wave one’s arms in church and another to represent Christ because He is you. There is no self-seeking in Him, no rationalisation and defence of privilege, no paralysis and stagnation in the face of existential challenge, no pandering to vested interests and no excuses for social death in the name of life.
THE MURDER OF JESUS
Keep in mind that Jesus was crucified because He represented life without limit and that this life without limit was a threat to vested interests as well as personal and cultural selfishness. One is not righteous because one opposes abortion or does not do pornography – and certainly not righteous when we are more concerned about our wallet than we are about the common goof. We are righteous when we have agreed that Christ is our life. We demonstrate obedience when we are the expression of Him.
“Underneath Paul’s conclusion that “one died for all, therefore all died,” and underneath John’s proclamation that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, and underneath the New Testament’s declaration that Jesus Christ is Lord lies the foundational truth that there is a decisive connection between Jesus Christ and the human race.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS ARE REORDERED IN JESUS – OR NOT
“We were and are bound up in him and in what became of him. We were implicated in what happened to Jesus, so much so that our identity, our existence, our past, present and future, our relationship with God and with one another and with creation were all fundamentally reordered in this one man. It was not just Adamic existence that was crucified in Jesus Christ; it was Adam and you and me and the whole human race.” (1)
We can embrace this and be this. Then again we can construct a partial, partisan version of it through institutionalism that suits our carnal christianity – a form of Godliness without power and a christ who is not a Christ but an icon of convenience. This what Jesus meant by false christs. Be careful what you call a miracle.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Jesus and the Undoing of Adam . Perichoresis Press. Kindle Edition.