JESUS RELATIONSHIP WITH FATHER IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP
Someone once observed that intelligence is revealed in the ability to concentrate. It is partly. But it is also seen in the ability to join the dots and perceive real relationships. Yet ‘seeing’ involves more than intelligence and education. Real seeing comes from revelation and Christ in us teaching us how to see. Christ as the light of the world is our seeing.
‘I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness’ John 12.46 NIV.
What does Jesus mean for you? It’s important that we worship the I AM of Jesus so that we become the I AM of us. This quote from the book Patmos is very useful in knowing Jesus as He is and why He is the Word of God.
“John slowed and took a deep breath. “Why do you think I started with the Word, instead of the Son?” “A moment ago I thought that perhaps you used Word because you wanted us to know that Jesus is God’s message to us.” “Yes, indeed. Think back to your professor’s favourite quote from Karli.” [ A reference to Karl Baath] I could feel his joy in leading me. “I could never forget it; my teacher said it a hundred times. ‘Not God alone, but God and humanity together, constitute the meaning of the Word of God.’” “Now,” he said, his voice quivering in anticipation, “substitute ‘Jesus’ in place of ‘the Word of God,’ and say the quote again.” “Not God alone, but God and humanity together, constitute the meaning of Jesus.”
‘God and humanity together’ eliminates any notion of the law as an entity being mediated by Jesus. The Christ does not mediate the law or a program. He mediates Himself into your spirit so that He becomes you. Thus Christ is your life. This is the meaning of Jesus for you, for the church and the world. It’s the difference between Christ’s gospel and ‘other gospels.’
The genius of this arrangement – of this incarnation – is that the relationship Jesus has with His Father has become your relationship with Father.
Father is the kindest person in the universe. Fear of God and hostility towards God comes from the poison seeded into Humanity by the father of lies. Jesus, the Christ of God uncovers Father’s real nature and shows us who we are as our best selves. But more than that He is the Living Way of causing us to be our best selves and live our best life. He is our life.
The incarnation is the absolute expression of grace. Christ is for you, Christ lives in you and by the Spirit Christ becomes you. We become holy as God is holy not by following an agenda or getting morality right. We are holy and grow in holiness because we are part of God and He is our life.
‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. Eternal life is a state of being; of being interwoven into our Father. We grow in Godliness and aliveness because the trinity is in us and we are the manifestation of the fullness of God. We are the sons of God.
“God loves you by becoming you, taking your side in the inner dialogue of self-accusation and defence. God loves you by turning your mistakes into grace, by constantly giving you back to yourself in a larger shape. God stands with you, and not against you, when you are tempted to shame or self-hatred. If your authority figures never did that for you, it can be hard to feel it or trust it. But you must experience this love at a cellular level at least once. (Remember, the only thing that separates you from God is the thought that you are separate from God!)” (1)
It's fashionable to quote Richard Rohr. But if we are still in the law and old covenant we have missed him altogether. Rohr doesn’t purvey legalism and fundamentalism because He imparts life. There’s no separation in Christ Jesus for Rohr and there is no separation for you – unless your identity in your inherited religious beliefs is more important than your identity in Christ.
What you have is union with God. You and Father are one. You are never an orphan, never separated, always with God in fullness as yourself where you are. Religion is irrelevant. What emits from you and those like you will not be religion but new creation life – the Kingdom of God.