Keep On Looking

Christ 9J copyIf you want to know who God is, look at Jesus. If you want to know what it means to be human, look at Jesus. If you want to know what love is, look at Jesus. If you want to know what grief is, look at Jesus. And go on looking until you’re not just a spectator, but you’re actually part of the drama which has him as the central character.

–N. T. Wright

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The Truth is a Person

7b8575f1051bd7d55f17e3aa06a0adff copy 2Make sure that your study of the truth of God leads you to the Truth, that your study of words of God leads you to the Word, that your study of the ways of God leads you to the Way. Jesus said . . . “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

–J.O. Schulz

 

In Christ alone

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–John Calvin

Too Much Religion

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It seems odd to have to say so, but too much religion is a bad thing. We can’t get too much of God, we can’t get too much faith and obedience, can’t get too much love and worship. But religion—the well intentioned efforts we make to “get it all together” for God—can very well get in the way of what God is doing for us. The main and central action is everywhere and always what God has done, is doing, and will do for us. Jesus is the revelation of that action. Our main and central task is to live in responsive obedience to God’s action revealed in Jesus. Our part in the action is the act of faith.

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But more often than not we become impatiently self-important along the way and decide to improve matters with our two cents worth. We add on, we supplement, we embellish. But instead of improving on the purity and simplicity of Jesus, we dilute the purity, clutter the simplicity. We become fussily religious, or anxiously religious. We get in the way.

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That’s when it’s time to read and pray our way through the letter to the Hebrews again, written for “too religious” Christians, for “Jesus-and” Christians. In the letter, it is Jesus-and-angels, or Jesus-and-Moses, or Jesus-and-priesthood. In our time it is more likely to be Jesus-and-politics, or Jesus-and-education, or even Jesus-and-Buddha. This letter deletes the hyphens, the add-ons. the focus becomes clear and sharp again: God’s action in Jesus. And we are free once more for the act of faith, the one human action in which we don’t get in the way but on the Way.

–Eugene Peterson
Living the Message

He was the message

Christ 1D copy 2Fundamentally, our Lord’s message was Himself. He did not come merely to preach a Gospel; He himself is that Gospel. He did not come merely to give bread; He said, “I am the bread.” He did not come merely to shed light; He said, “I am the light.” He did not come merely to show the door; He said, “I am the door.” He did not come merely to name a shepherd; He said, “I am the shepherd.” He did not come merely to point the way; He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.

–J. Sidlow Baxter
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It’s all about Him

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Jesus isn’t the vital piece
of the puzzle.
He’s the picture.

–Glen Scrivener

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The first law of life

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For the first law of life is this; You must lose your life to find it. If you find it by centering on yourself, in no matter how religious a way, you will lose it. It will disintegrate through conflict. You are an off-centered person—“ecc-centric.” The universe doesn’t back that way of life. Hence you always are “up against it.” But when to decide “to belong”—to surrender to Christ and make Him the center—then you are not up against it”; you’re “with it”; the sum total of reality works with you and not against you. You are aligned.

When you belong to Jesus Christ,
“then everything belongs to you”—
everything works with you and for you.

Only evil, which is “live” spelled backwards, works against you.

–E. Stanley Jones
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The Gospel is a Person

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If the gospel were primarily
a set of good ideas, then the end
would be intellectual assent and acceptance.
But if the gospel is primarily a Person,
then the end is a surrender to,
and a following of, that Person.

–E. Stanley Jones

Losing sight of Christ

Some weave a veil of doctrine which screens the Saviour from their eyes. It is emblazoned with creeds, definitions and orthodox statements of truth. It is not Christ but doctrines about Christ, which inspires them; the death of Christ rather than the Christ who died; the resurrection rather than the risen One; the priesthood rather than the priest. The correctness of our notions about the Savior may even cause us to miss the Savior Himself.

–F. B. Meyer (1847 – 1929)

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