Day Two: Embodying Christ

One of the solid certainties of the Christian Faith may be summed up in the words found in 2 Corinthians 4:5; “For we proclaim not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”

Every generation and every culture has fashioned its own understanding of Jesus Christ.  To the first Jewish Christians he was the promised Messiah. To many Reformation Christians he was the stern judge of the last judgment.  In medieval art he was the fat legged infant in the lap of the serene Madonna. In the revivalism of the early years of the 20th century he was the friendly brother who walked and talked with us in the garden.  In the late 20th century, Dietrich Bonhoeffer called him “the man for others”. The early part of the 21st century understands Jesus as one inviting us into loving community and sending us out to join Him in blessing the world through creative and transformative action for the world.

This Jesus is the Lord of life because he is willing to be servant of all.  He was a self-emptying person who spent his days with the poor, the lonely, the forgotten, the unloved, the hungry, and the imprisoned. He said to those sent by John the Baptist to ask if he was the Messiah, the promised one: “Go tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.”

The primary concern for Christians during this season is: How can the servant power of Jesus be lived out in my life?  How can a risking love, willing to get nailed, be lived out in the body of people gathered to be the Church?

—N. Harper, March 7, 2019

Jay Horton