Friday, April 10, 2009
From Cross To Crown: Part Two
(It is imperative that you first read Part One below)
What really triggered this for me several months ago is when I found the following verse. Look, if you will, at 2 Corinthians 5:16 which states, “Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.” Paul said that they didn’t know Jesus according to the flesh anymore. Of course, “anymore” references clearly that, at one time, they did. Some further questions then arose within me: “So what’s changed? Why do they no longer know Him as earthly Jesus? Is there significance in how it is worded?”
I feel that in the well-known verse preceding, there is something quite interesting that is seemingly overlooked. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
Read it again and see what stands out to you. It doesn’t say if anyone is in Jesus, he is a new creature, does it? Could it be that there is something to this? Is there a deeper understanding of the Gospel message than what is commonly told? I believe so. I don’t desire to only follow after the earthly Jesus, I long to intimately know The Christ as He is now. I believe that this is some of what Christ was referencing when He stated, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.”
His death and resurrection restored what the first Adam lost – intimacy with the Creator. No longer did sacrifices and religious efforts need to be exerted, for He was the final sacrifice for all time, restoring us to the Father. “He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time…” Hebrews 10:12
In John 17, immediately before He was betrayed, Jesus is found talking to God and says “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”
Jesus’ task was about to be completed. His earthly purpose was coming to an end.
So why does the vast majority of Christianity today never move past Jesus’ earthly life when “(Jesus) said, ‘It is finished!’”? John 19:3
“It is finished” is “teleo”, meaning fulfilled, accomplished, paid, performed, expired, brought to a close, ended, passed, executed, completed.
What was finished? His earthly life - what was necessary for us to live as free from the bondage of sin and death! He had accomplished every task and purpose that His earthly life had been sent to accomplish. Again I reiterate, Jesus is no longer flesh that we should know Him according to it! That “part” of Jesus is over, completed, fulfilled and finished. Let go of the ‘ol rugged cross and live a “now” life in Christ!
So, the day is fast approaching when everyone dresses up extra nice, hunts for “Easter eggs”, buys pretty flowers and is suddenly spiritual for 24 hours. I urge you to be careful to not miss the whole point of the Death and the Resurrection. Don’t settle for traditions and doctrines of men. Even though they seemingly seem right and are often pleasurable, they lead to death and deception. See the great width and depth of what took place at the Cross. Look into the events that The Word speaks of regarding Who Christ is now and what that means for you! Please, don’t just go through another year of rituals and worldly celebrations! Celebrate the victory given us through Christ… in every season!
As the angels said to the women at the tomb, so I say to you today, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead?” (Luke 24:5) He has risen! Seek the risen Saviour! Go deeper and know Jesus as He is now - the Christ, the anointed Messiah!