What’s It All About?
From Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright:
The whole point of what Jesus was up to was that he was doing close up, in the present, what He was promising long-term in the future. And what He was promising for that future and doing in the present was not saving souls for disembodied eternity, but rescuing people from the corruption and decay of the way of the world present is so that they could enjoy, already in the present, that renewal of creation which is God’s ultimate purpose – and so they could thus become colleagues and partners in that larger project.
The Scriptures, both Old and New, reveal to us what is possible in the here and now, in the ordinary of the everyday, what has been promised and guaranteed on the Cross. And that is not all about our sin, whether we sin less or sin more, what type of sin we have. It is all about Jesus and not about us.
Even better, that promise showered us with grace and mercy, sufficient for our lives, to actually become colleagues – but here is the difference. We are NOT simply, solely, merely, whatever, to become imitators of Jesus, rather we become people filled with, led by and people who are empowered to live out a life that actually reflects Jesus.
Love this illustration, like a freight train, Jesus leads us, pulls us and as that song go, where you lead I will follow. While we know where the end will be, that does not mean that the times in between have no meaning. Like that great image in John 15, the vine and the branches, no longer do we need to fear. Seriously, is there any issue if the branch moves to the left or to the right when it grows? I think maybe what is most important is that the branch remains connected to that vine.
Martin Luther preached this many years ago
The Logos puts on our form and pattern, our image and likeness, so that it may clothe us with its image, its pattern, and its likeness. Thus wisdom becomes foolish so that foolishness may become wisdom, and so it is in all other things that are in God and in us, to the extent that in all these things he takes what is ours to himself in order to impart what is his to us.
What do you think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.