AN EASTER YOU
Should we as Believers decide in our hearts that Christ is not our life the implicit assumption is that religion is our life – which means we are back with dislocated Adam and separated from the oneness that could have been ours in Christ.
Some people see pleasing God as living in rigidities. Others in black and white constructs. Some in generalised religion. Others in forming a contract with God in which they do this so that He will do that. At best a bargain and at worst manipulation. A sad case of self-made ‘grace.’ These ‘graces’ can be made from denominationally defined virtues.
DIDN’T FIT THE GRID
The Jews rejected Christ as Messiah because He did not fit their preconceived notions and national aspirations. ‘Legalised Christians’ by which we mean those who live from a culture of the law and expressions of the letter, reject the simplicity of Christ our life for similar reasons. They will not have Christ come in their flesh because they have made a religion out of their flesh come in their flesh. Christ our life by incarnation does not fit with the Christian version of entitlement they have bought with religion and good works.
BEGINS AT THE HEART OF BEING
Nevertheless, they are not without hope. [The Christ] “had been sent to [work] not through the manipulation of social, political or economic power-structures, but by striking beneath them all into the ontological depths of Israel's existence where man, and Israel representing all mankind, had become estranged from God, and there within those ontological depths of human being to forge a bond of union and communion between man and God in himself which can never be undone.”
If Christ was able to undo Adam through the most atrocious crime mankind had ever committed against God – the murder of His Son – then Christ can reach into the being of the obstinate and self-entitled who make up His church. Who compose His Church while denying the fullness of His incarnated life for them in them and as them. As we approach Easter it is a good time to think about dying to our own mindset and a rising to a re-born self in oneness with Christ.
An Easter Christ implies an Easter you. Get re-born this Easter.