From time to time Christians take a stand and think they are helping God by condemning sinners. But this is the kind of stand they think it is nor are they are helping God. Maybe they are standing for christianity, which would indicate that it has become a religion and a moral project and a distortion of the stream of life that Jesus began.
People are all sinners. Those of us who have been on the road for a long time know it and the man and woman in the street knows it – or at least knows that they are seldom their best self or their real self. Much of what we call sin is the attempt to find comfort in our life of separation from God. Sadly it is no different in religion, where we may attempt to recommend ourselves to God and accrue some degree of entitlement by good works and pious stances.
Sin and death result from separation from God.
Jesus Message is not a moral program. Not in the first instance. As is proclaimed in the first verses of John His Message is Himself as our life.
‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death’ Rom 8.1.
WHAT LAW IS THIS?
The law of the Spirit of life is the person of Jesus and the culture of the trinity. It is God’s grace, love and desire to include you in His BELONGING. Righteousness flows from this relationship of togetherness with God as does love, joy, comfort and well-being. Jesus called it life to the full. But Father’s first priority is not to control you but to include you.
YOU ARE INCUDED
The Message and the Truth from Father to His sons and daughters of the world is that God loves you, that He knows the real you and has made a new and living way of drawing you into Himself and His Fellowship of fulfilment and joy. Baxster Kruger observes,
“God became flesh, as John tells us (JN 1: 14). It is one thing to say that the Son of God became a human being; it is quite another to say that he became flesh. “Flesh” locates the incarnation not only within human existence, but within the pale of fallen Adamic existence. It could not have been otherwise. Jesus’ mission was to bring the fallen human race to the right hand of God the Father almighty. His mission was to reconcile us to God, to heal the breach, to undo the Fall and bring us to glory.” (1)
The real message is that we belong; that the sinner belongs and that Jesus is our belonging, our rest and our life now and in eternity.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Jesus and the Undoing of Adam. Perichoresis Press. Kindle Edition.