I think that it’s critical that we realize this fact:
Jesus Christ is it.
Take a couple minutes to ponder that, let it sink in. I know I’m still not there yet. I briefly glanced at an article over at illuminate, the link leads directly to the article I was looking at, and I got to what Jamal labels as reality #1:
Reality #1: Jesus Christ is not just the means to a different end , rather He is the means and He is the end Himself.
If you jump over to the article and read it, Jamal lays it out in a much better format than I ever will. I suggest you go read the article.
But what I really want to say is this: I myself still consider Jesus a means to an end. It’s getting less and less, but I catch myself sometimes. I don’t think I’ll ever fully escape the system that I was raised in, namely that the salvation of man is God’s main purpose, but by the grace of God, he’s bringing me out of it.
I’m realizing more and more just how Jesus is it.
When He’s talking about being the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, it makes more sense. He’s it. If we move past Him, we’re in dangerous territory.
Jesus is the foundation, that is true, but He is also the walls, the ceiling and the capstone. Everything, EVERYTHING is about Him. When we become consumed with Him as He is consumed with us:
- Doctrines don’t matter.
- Denominations don’t matter.
- Theological disputes don’t matter.
- Different opinions don’t matter.
What is my doctrine then? (I know someone will ask…)
What is my denomination?
What is my theological ground?
What is my opinion on the rapture? the tribulation? baptism? abortion? legalism? praying in tongues? contemporary worship? the Catholic church? denominations? etc.
The list goes on and on…my opinion though, for all of those?
Read the following statement closely:
I. Don’t. Care. Anymore.
My heart has caught a revelation of the true Christ, the passion of the Living God, and since then, I have not been satisfied. I care only about Jesus. I will not argue for or against any of the things listed above. My heart longs for living water, and that doesn’t come from the rapture, tribulation, different forms of baptism, abortion, legalism, or any of the other things. The living water comes from Christ, and Christ alone.
Catch a glimpse of the true Christ, and you’ll wonder why you never knew Him before. He is not a means to an end. He IS the end.