Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
GOT A MINUTE?
A very popular theme of Christians everywhere is: “God’s answer for the world is the Christian Church.” After Jesus apprehended my heart and mind several years ago, this statement has become very offensive to me. A very good friend of mine has confronted this statement personally to one of the top Christian leaders today. He calls this kind of thinking a “Jesus-free zone”. Too many Churches, many Christian organizations and messages are best described as “Jesus-free zones”!
Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17)Jesus came to fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the Jewish culture! ‘Fulfill’ literally means to ‘fill full’-to give that culture meaning, wholeness, and fulfillment.
The more I study the various cultures of the world the more I see Jesus as the ultimate fulfillment of them all. I am not the only one seeing this. There are several who are studying the original writings of the Creator-God stories within the many religions and cultures. I love reading and discussing what they are each discovering. Believe me, in every case “eternity has been set in the hearts of mankind” no matter where they are on the earth and Jesus is the natural and ultimate fulfillment of each. We must get over ourselves and celebrate Jesus’ presence. Jesus is God’s answer for the world and he’s working in every culture!
Salvation and eternal life in any culture is not a religious thing or even a theological understanding; it’s a personal thing. The person? His name is Jesus. And you are signing up to be his disciple. I missed this point most of my life. Don’t you miss it!