Religion is subject to life. Not life to religion. Life is not an abstraction. Life is personal, communal and it is God manifest. Life was God before the Son was incarnated as Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus declared Himself to be what God always had been: The way, the truth and the life.
‘In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind’ JOHN 1.4 NIV.
Jesus came to claim life for human beings and to propel us into life. Life had been dulled and dissipated by the lies of the fall. One of the lies that still roams freely as a sacred cow is that religion is life. If only. If that we so masses of people would not be as un-alive as they are.
LIFE IN PERSON
I’m told that the word Yahweh means breath and that the arrangement of the consonants means that it cannot be said. It has to be breathed. There’s a lot in that. We can have us much or as little of life as we like. We can wade up to our knees in religion and sip a little of life. We can dispense with religion and just live life. This is what one does in the spirit of sonship. Father is life. The Son is life, you are life and life is life without limit.
Since the fullness of God lives in us and with us, I see no need for sacraments. Not of the normal kind. It’s significant that at the Lord’s Table we celebrate our mode of living: Eating life. You eat Jesus. He told us to do this to avoid having no life in us – kind of like a mummy. So what kind of sacraments are for me? Life is a sacrament. Aspects of my day are a sacrament. Relationships with family and friends are sacraments. Having a pub meal is a sacrament. In celebrating life we are celebrating Jesus and empowering Him to be what He loves to be: Our life.
‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. Realise this and live it. It’s the hub of the new testament and the new creation as you.
I found this somewhere, “I don't ride a bike to add days to my life, I ride a bike to add life to my days.” He’s right. This is why we have Jesus or more to the point, why Jesus has us. ‘He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’ John 1.2-5 NIV. Give less thought to ‘receiving Christ’ and more thought to the fact that you have been received into His life.