Category: atonement


I would like to take a moment to talk about Jeezus. 🙂 Now hold on, don’t run away. Not really going to proselytize. Just sharing my thoughts and perspective. I see most folks “get him” but religious people muck it all up. I know I am a theological thinker so I may fall into that camp but I think he transcends all that stuff. So I thought I’d share a piece of how I see and relate with God.

If God had a misunderstood image what would be a good way to clear it up? What if You as God, had always existed in love and community wanted to work to change the human narrative? What if you only saw your kids descend into violence and even say that you endorse it? You would maybe want to clear things up?

You may decide to enter into your creation as a creature to show them a different way. Think about that…. To be simultaneously the creator and the creation. To be self- limited yet limitless. To fall and scrape your knee, to lose a loved one, to see injustice firsthand and be limited in what you can do, to be weird and not understood, to be seen as a threat, to love, to hug, to sit in your Mom’s lap and hear a song of love sung into your heart, to party, enjoy some wine, to experience the best of  humanity and…..

To be judged and scapegoated.  To be verbally, sexually, physically, psychologically, spiritually, emotionally abused and to be abandoned and neglected.  To experience the best and the very worst of humanity.

If you were this God would you choose to be so intimately acquainted  with your creation? Wouldn’t it be easier to simply judge? would that be your right? Not if you are intrinsically love.

Jesus has identified with every facet of human existence. This is why when you see someone suffering and pass by that you are passing by Him. His identification transcends and joins to all the suffering of the world and cries alongside. This is not satisfying if you only want Power from God. ” God shouldn’t allow this stuff, if He is God… ” As much as we want the opposite, the cross stands in contrast to God using His power in a totalitarian way. A God who cries is the God I love.

Jesus is the Vindicated Victim.  He conquered injustice by being risen from dead. He vindicates all victims if we are open to see it. This is how we learn to love, to enter into the life of another as God entered into our lives through Jesus. When we drop our need to judge we are able to enter in. Holding onto judgement keeps love from being experienced. Suffering continues but love can

This “pays” for the sins of the world but not in the way it is sold.  The crucifixion of Jesus is NOT the great antacid to allow the Father to look at us without getting sick. God loves us and wants us to know this. This is what the Spirit brings to my heart. I can back it up with scripture but that can be annoying and doesn’t “prove” anything.

If you’ve never heard these aspects of being a Christian, I personally am sorry.

 

 

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Waking up this morning on Good Friday I felt as if the Holy Spirit was whispering to me John 12:32 when Jesus said “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” Other ancient authorities read “all things”  Why doesn’t that preach? Do we have to make the Good News less good?

Jesus was lifted up from the earth on the cross drawing all creation into himself. How radically inclusive is that? All things, all people.  The creator of all things drawing all of our brokenness, despair and shame into himself, all of our exclusion, all of our “rightness”,all of our abuse, abandonment,  all of our religion, and the most amazing thing all people. This was done in the midst of human blindness, which at times, is just as blind today. All people drawn to Christ. Think about that. Try to separate the common, modern western thought that this day was only about settling legal scores. Open your heart to the mystery of God and his pursuit of you.  Scripture like this is uncomfortable when you are used to trying to earn God’s smile. This was done because he already loved you into existence and smiles with pure joy at wonder of you, his child. All separation is gone even if we don’t see it.

Whether it preaches or not, that is what happened. The creator chose to become the creation and experience every kind of shame imaginable. God really does understand. We are a part of Him. “In Him, we live and move and have our being” Celebrate the humility of God today. Christ our brother in humanity is always and forever identified with You! Our Father delights in you and yearns for the day that you know in your core how precious you are to Him. The Holy Spirit will continue to whisper this truth into your soul until you are caught up in the Truth.

Love to all

Why is sin-debt the myopic vision of the church at large today? Could the suffering, crucifixion, and death of Jesus mean even more than paying for my/our sins. I am not saying that is not a part of it because I believe it is however sometimes I think it is hard to see the forest through the trees. Here are the questions I would like considered:

Is it possible that by suffering and dying  the Trinity was wanting to enter into our human pain and misery in a way the creator could not have known apart from experience? Think about the abuse verbal, physical, spiritual, neglect, abandonment, and sexual (he most likely hung naked).  This shows a solidarity with human suffering we rarely hear. Rather we hear how the Father wanted to have his Son abused to pay a debt. There is no way I a can see it that way.

In  Psalm 22 it says ” My, My God why have you forsaken me” the same words Jesus said from the cross. Here is another question. Did Father really forsake Jesus? Or as a man did he feel forsaken?

For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 2 Cor 5:19

If God was in Christ how could be apart from him? I love this mystery of the Trinity.

Maybe this is the mystery of Good Friday- Easter is so much better than what we have been sold. I believe it is and it inspires me to live more in the Joy of being His kid knowing he knows my ups and downs and the suffering in the world. I also think it almost answers the question of why He doesn’t stop the suffering in the world. If He stopped it he He couldn’t enter into it with us  and truly know our pain. Oh how he loves us!

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