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Passionately Personal

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by , 03-27-2009 at 07:55 AM
[SIZE=3][I]My friend Rick is a gifted musician and writer. Below is a wonderful piece that makes great sense to me, especially with Easter just around the corner.[/I][/SIZE]
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[SIZE=3]The person of Jesus is widely misunderstood in our culture at large and sometimes within segments of the Church as well. He is neither the self-actualized man of New Age philosophy nor simply the gifted teacher of liberal theology, neither the politically correct ambassador of post-modern tolerance nor the bigoted judge of repressive authoritarianism.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=3]He is the passionately personal Creator God who, motivated by love, miraculously entered creation and creature-ness with us to build a bridge of reconciliation back to Himself. In living as a man among us, He revealed His divine nature in terms accessible to our human sensitivities. In dying as a perfect sacrifice for sin, He tore down the barriers that divided us from His own purity. In rising from death, He charted the single course that bridges the gap from this preliminary chapter of life into an eternal existence with Him in a setting He once termed “paradise”.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=3]In the 30+ years between His birth and crucifixion, He demonstrated an earthiness surprising to religious observers without compromising purity or truth. He preferred unsophisticated companionship and offered bold but gentle honesty to His friends. He spoke to communicate, not beguile or impress. Some considered Him crude, common, stubborn, delusional, confusing, arrogant, and undisciplined. To others, He was hope, truth, purpose, clarity, healing, joy, safety, freedom, and life itself. Though no one understood completely, He was ready to reveal Himself to ones who would lay down pretension and humbly watch, listen, and eventually follow.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=3]God’s revelation of Himself as Jesus Christ is surprising in its simplicity because by nature He is true and pure. It is the sophistication of our attempts to justify our patterns of resistance that make Him seem so complicated. He invites us to lay these patterns down—self-pretense and defense—to engage Him in the arena of unchanging truth, reality, and common sense. There, if we are willing to cease our own god-imitation, we can come to know the true God as Savior, Lord, Teacher, Counselor, and Friend. [/SIZE]

[SIZE=3]His name is Jesus.[/SIZE]

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  1. DisneylandManFan's Avatar
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    Thank you for sharing your belief. :-)