Excerpt from Speaking of Jesus:
“We’re aware of Jesus, but we are obsessed with Christianity.
We’re stuck on its requirements and we’re defined by its doctrines, caught in an endless struggle to find out where we fit, if we’ve ‘arrived’ yet, and if we’re doing it right. We struggle with sin, and yet, because of the boundaries, we’re forced to decide between being honest about our feelings and hiding for fear we’ll be judged.
In this state, we’re not living in the grace of Jesus. We’re trying to maintain our membership.
With Christianity, there’s always the question ‘Am I good enough?’ Whereas Jesus announced that He was present for those who needed Him, as a physician for the ill and wounded, within the church, we often feel the need to conform–to fit all of life’s questions and struggles into a system of answers. . . .
Jesus didn’t come to build a kingdom. He brought one with Him.
He is the kingdom.
He is the entry point to it. Look at the tense of Jesus’ message: By saying ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand’ (Matt. 3:2 NKJV), He was saying that the kingdom of heaven is available now.
Because He spoke in the outlying regions, not from the pulpit of the temple, He spread this good news to people who were never likely to get within touching distance of an altar. ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand,’ He would say. No doubt heads turned, whispers abounded. ‘Where? Do you see it?’
Wherever He went, the pained and lost people He met followed Him. Jesus’ gospel was that He was the kingdom of heaven, with an easy and light yoke. He was available, and He was compassionate.”
– Carl Medearis
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Every day in October I’m sharing a short quote on grace from a favorite book.
- Words we long to hear
- Review: “How I Know God Answers Prayer”