Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Half of Christ - A Devotional for Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Half of Christ

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." (Acts 16:31).

The world has never seen a more influential figure than Jesus Christ. He stands above human history and his message, now 2,000 years old, is as potent and life-changing now as it was then.

Yet no figure in history has been more misunderstood and misconstrued. Cults, false religions, and even atheists all make claim to Christ--though in the process they twist his message and identity. Buddhists see Christ as a spiritual sage. Muslims revere him as an honored prophet.  Atheists cling to his message of love. Yet what is most disturbing is when professing Christians declare allegiance to Christ all the while ignoring (or even denying) most of what He said.  They love being warmed by the Beatitudes (Matthew 5), but refuse the warning of coming judgement (Matthew 24-25). They adore the Christ of love, but utterly despise the Christ of wrath. Still others, like modern day Jonahs, enjoy using Christ's words to condemn sinners but ignore His commands to love and befriend them. Evangelical churches are filled with people believing in half a Christ, being taught by men who preach half a Christ.

John Calvin once wrote:
"If we could be content with half a Christ our work would more easily go on. We could soon bring about what we would have and not meet with so much opposition. But nothing but a whole Christ will do!"
Loving half my kids still makes me a bad father and loving half a Savior still makes me a condemned sinner. Embrace Christ in all that He has revealed himself to be!

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