Monday, February 27, 2012
Can you have your own personal Jesus?
Martin Luther, in his description of the theology of glory speaks of the different ladders that we vainly try to climb to reach God. Here is a link that you can take a look at that goes into some detail about Luther's theology of glory and the cross: http://www.opc.org/new_horizons/NH05/10b.html
We have our own personal Jesus when we look at Jesus as a means to an end---the end is our personal fulfillment and happiness. In our culture happiness and fulfillment have become our Gods, and we invent a "Jesus genie" to meet all our wants and needs.
When we take the "cross out of Christianity" we then invent our own way to
reach God---and in our culture it becomes---our moral striving, mystic spirituality, or rational reasoning.
The cross was the only message that the Apostles preached---" but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles... (1 Corinthians 1:23).
Listen to these forceful words of Jesus---"I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber (John 10:1).
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