Advent Reflection – 20

Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art:
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,
born a child, and yet a king,
born to reign in us for ever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.

– Stanzas 2 and 3 from Come, thou long expected Jesus by Charles Wesley, 1744.

There are many verses in the Bible, and so also in the prayers and hymns of Christianity, that talk about Jesus being the One who will deliver the nations and the whole earth from sin into new life. And so, there are many Christians who believe that Jesus Christ is the One whom all people must confess as Lord and Savior in order to obtain salvation. But is this what the message of Jesus Christ is really all about? Is it about Jesus Christ, the person? Or is it about Jesus Christ, the Way? My personal belief is that the truth that is made known to us in Jesus Christ transcends the person of Jesus, and is an eternal truth that God has made known to the world. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. His life showed us the Way to God. But must all people acclaim this in order to be “saved?” Not all Christians agree on this. One thing that I believe is that the power and truth of God transcends any description or label we can place on it, and so God’s power and love can be made known to us in a variety of ways. I believe Jesus Christ is a perfect and complete image of who God is. That doesn’t mean that a person who feels closest and connected to God through other ways is “wrong”…at least, in my opinion. What do you believe?

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