2nd April 2011

The Jesus Of Christianity

“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Matthew 11:27 (NIV UK)

 Why do Christians talk about Jesus?

Some have suggested that what really matters is that society agrees to a set of ethics and rules. That, they imply, is what Christianity and other religions are all about. But is it? Not according to the Bible.

Scriptures, like the one quoted above, explain that there is only one way to the Father, and that is through his son, Jesus Christ.

Leading modern theologian, Alistair McGrath, explains it this way: “The person of Jesus Christ is of central importance to Christian theology. Whereas ‘theology’ could be defined as ‘talk about God’ in general, ‘Christian theology” accords a central role to Jesus Christ” (Page 322, McGrath, Alistair. Christian Theology: An Introduction. 1994, 1997. UK: Blackwell Publishers).

“Christianity is not a set of self-contained and free-standing ideas; it represents a sustained response to the questions raised by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christianity is an historical religion, which came into being in response to a specific set of events, which centre upon Jesus Christ.” (ibid).

The reason why Christians talk about Jesus is that Christianity is all about him, not about trying to establish codes to regulate society.

Without Jesus there is no Christianity.

Great God, thank you for the revelation of who Jesus is, and for helping us to understand that our faith is all about him and what he has done for us. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

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