Posted by: Terry | September 16, 2009

My Roots

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7 ESV)

The central question of Christianity is “Who is Jesus?” All other issues revolve around this one question. Our issue is not which denomination we join, or which doctrinal statement we accept. Christianity is not merely acquiescence to a body of truth.

If we conclude he never existed yet call ourselves Christians, then we follow myth, a waste of time. If we attempt to say he was a good man and wise teacher then we have never listened to what is recorded of his teachings. We are given only one option that meets reality and integrity: receive him as Christ Jesus the Lord or reject him as that, anything else fails.

Jesus – he was a real person, who lived in real time. Christ or Messiah – the promised one that the prophets wrote of as the hope of Israel. Lord – not a god, but Jehovah, the God of creation.

When we receive that Jesus lived, was the one who was promised, demonstrated during his life and resurrection that he is God; it will change how we walk, how we order our life. If it does not change us there is reason to question if we grasp the implications of Christ Jesus the Lord coming to earth.

This conviction is the roots of my faith. Over the years I have questioned them, challenged them, tried to ignore them, the result has been only to have the roots go deeper and my certainty become more certain. There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus lived, was the promised one, and is the God of creation.

Thankfully I am not alone, many skeptics have examined the evidence with the determination to prove Jesus false, and many when confronted with the evidence have changed their mind. They had an agenda, to prove Jesus was not Christ and Lord, the evidence failed them and as any honest researcher must do when confronted with contrary truth, changed their position.

Paul in this passage mixes his metaphor (I have no idea who came up with the idea that it is wrong to do that). He moves from an agricultural picture to one of construction, built up. The Christian life starts when we are convinced that Jesus Christ is Lord, and then we begin the process of building on that conviction. We build day by day, event by event on the reality of God visiting earth and accomplishing redemption. Every time we thank God for what he has done we add another brick to the building.

I have met those who have left the faith they once claimed to have, it would make sense that their roots were not deep. But the common element is that they stopped being thankful for what God has done and is doing, and redirected their focus to themselves or other ideas.

This I know from experience, when I forget to be thankful I soon stop looking to God for what I need in life. Acknowledging that God is and that he is involved is the roots, when they are gone the building crumbles.

I am more convinced today that Christ Jesus is the Lord than I have ever been, and all of life continues to confirm that truth. I have listened to persuasive arguments by brilliant people but because I am convinced that Jesus really lived, was prophesized, and demonstrated convincingly that he is God, the arguments do not alter my conviction. Blind faith, absolutely not! Logical conviction – definitely.

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