As the church many of us can find it easier to talk of the things of Christ, rather than Christ Himself. There are people who are embarrassed by too much talk about Jesus, particular if some begin to speak about their Jesus. In places it is almost as if more manly to talk about an abstraction of Jesus instead a personal Jesus. Cultural Christians and legalists shift their weight from foot to foot if this happens. It comes as an affront should our Christianity be an intellectual exercise. But like it or not, Christianity is Jesus.
Interesting that people can be more at ease talking of their mission trip to Africa and touting same an an emblem of self-worth yet be annoyed when Jesus is upheld as the author of all restoration and life. But the Kingdom of God is not current issues as pressing as they may be. It is not morality and ethics as efficacious as these are. It is not community or fixing church as popular as are such causes. It is a Him. It is Jesus.
Baal worship was a self-sufficiency/fertility religion that gloried in man's prowess. A mixture of flesh and spirit, of self-effort and anointing, this is the essence of Elijah's challenge to us today. 'Elijah went before the people and said, "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him." But the people said nothing' 1 Kings 18.21 NIV.
God has never had any plans outside of His
Son. As the ancient creed says, "Before all
worlds" Christ is begotten, not created.
Jesus Christ was before all things. He created
all things. He holds everything together. He
will have preeminence in everything, for
everything will be summed up in Him. Frank Viola and Leonard Sweet, in Jesus A Theography.
Hebrews tell us that the old creation came forth from Christ. John tells is that the new Genesis did as well.
Should we seek more Christ, instead of more faith, community and ever new configurations of the church we would have these in abundance, because He is the source of the life of all things and all living things spring forth from His being.
'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 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.
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God' John 1.5, 9 -13 NIV.