I hope that you, as a reader, don’t mind a blog that is in the making.
In other words, these next few paragraphs are fresh for me and a learning ground.
I was recently in a conversation when it felt like fresh revelation was being spoken in my heart by the Holy Spirit. Then in my morning devotion I read a passage that dealt with the issue.
Why was Jesus sent?
I KNOW that we all KNOW John 3:16 and that His placement was to restore salvation to the WORLD. To repair the covenant established with Adam and Eve. However, it is the emphasis on just SALVATION that is becoming a troublesome thought.
1 – Christ came to restore what was taken away by sin. Adam and Eve kind of messed things up for us and broke the original presence based close relationship that was established. Not that we should be mad at them, cause yet for grace we would have all done the same thing (well I know that I would have).
The restoration was back to a place of communion with God, no longer separated by sin. No longer separated. That ALL of God is restored back to us in its entirety.
2 – Christ died for all our sins. I am about to get pretty deep on this one, so get your thinking cap on. When sin entered the world, everything changed. Deterioration began (death hadn’t existed yet), disunity entered (wars, animals with humans), sickness entered (cancer, common cold), painful childbirth, etc – all these things became a reality because of sin’s plight. I do not believe that any of these things would exist if it weren’t for sin.
3 – So when Christ died, he died for the remission of sins. That means that our emphasis on the cross being for salvation only, is only a PART of the story. It was the price paid for our redemption from sin which includes; wisdom, healing, peace, patience, joy, love, etc. It was the price paid that gave us, as sons and daughters, access to the presence again. Christ became a curse for us, Christ spent three days in hell gaining the keys that Adam gave to the devil. In fact, if you really look at it (may have to hold your mouth a certain way) Christ came for all people, Jew and Gentile alike.
I can see it – “yeah, duh”. But listen to this – the nation of Israel ALREADY had the part of salvation that we celebrate as Christians. The part that saves us from Hell – they had that through the law, their covenant with God. They had a way to heaven in the law of Moses, but Christ came for MORE than just salvation for the gentile, he came for redemption of us ALL. Eph 2:14 that He united the Jew and the Gentile in his own body on the cross… I
am willing to accept that this really only means something to me, but because it is my blog I can go off on this
. Its awesome that God would send His son to save us, but how much more incredible that He would send His son to save our relationship with Him. To fulfill the law and re-establish a covenant of EVERYTHING. To think that He looked down on the nation of Israel and the LAW and said that it was incomplete, and then sent Himself in the form of man to undo what we did as MAN through sin just to have a relationship with us.
Ok, so what am I saying? I am just thinking through how God wants more for us than just salvation. God wants more for those around us than just salvation. Salvation is AWESOME - and… Jesus’ price was for much more than that. The price that was paid was for our RELATIONSHIP with God to be reunited in all its glory. Every affect that sin has had on this earth, is now redeemable through His son.
Again, this is still a work in progress – so please feel free to talk it out and comment on this. I love when I am exploring revelation and others get involved!
Wow, God I am thankful. Thankful that you have given me so many tools, but more importantly that you sent your Son to allow me to be close to YOU. God, I am so thankful that you have positioned me to live a disciple lifestyle. A privilege to follow you. I want to follow You. Help me to be willing to sacrifice for others today and please keep revealing to me the power that comes in my relationship with you. Speak through me, move me with your compassion, show me how to serve those around me better!
Go take on your day and LOVE people the way GOD LOVES!