Was Jesus just a “saver”

9 12 2018

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For there is born to you this day…a savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

The most common understanding of the Christmas story is that Jesus came to be our “saver”, one who would rescue us from going to hell instead of heaven. But the idea that we have been rescued for heaven is largely a man made concept. The real reason Jesus came into the world was not to be a “ticket to heaven” but to be our “reconciler”, to rescue us back to the Father, to our original union with God (2 Cor. 5.18-21).

To reconcile something means to make it harmonious or compatible to something else (Web definition). God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself (v.19), not to a place, but to a Person. We are reunited to a harmonious life with the Person of God Himself.

The first couple, Adam and Eve, originally lived in complete union with God (Gen.1:27-30). But through their choice to eat of the tree of knowledge they and all of their descendants were taken over and indwelt with the wrong spirit. (Eph. 2:1,2). That spirit was the lying spirit, the spirit of error, that convinced them that they were really separate from God. It is the same “voice” today of accusation that man is imperfect and must strive to be like God (Gen.2:4,5). The only way that that spirit can be removed from man is for him to die to it. Once the spirit of disobedience is removed from man’s heart he can again be indwelt with the right spirit and live in union with God.

But how can man die to the wrong spirit? This is where Jesus really “saved” us. He could not just die in our place, we had to have something happen to us. We needed to die, not Jesus. He had no sin and did not need to die. Therefore, in order to take us through the death process, He had to become us. He had to become like us sinners (2 Cor 5:21). When He died, we together died to the sin spirit, since He represented all of humanity as the “second, first man”(Rom. 6:6,7; 1 Cor. 15:22, 45-49; 2 Cor. 5:15).

But Jesus did not just die, He rose again AND, consequently, we rose with Him (Rom. 6:8). He had become us in our sin, we have now become Him in being the righteousness of God. That is not some position, or place but the very essence of God. We are reunited with God again, being one spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17). We are no longer separate from God or someone trying to be “like” God, as the lying spirit suggests. We are instead, the Pperson* of Christ (Gal. 2:20).

Jesus has become us – not just for calvary but forever. He continues to live as us so that in Him we can continue to be one with Him and the Father (Jn 14:20) This is the full story of Christmas, the glory of Christ coming to reunite us with the Father. Eternal life is knowing God, not just going to heaven forever (Jn.17:3). You and I now live in union with God through Christ by faith. This Christmas let your heart be filled with the knowledge that you and the Father and Christ are ONE!

Merry Christmas! Be Jesus!

*Nevertheless I (person) live, but the life I live is Christ (Person).


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9 12 2018
Ted Hartzell

Love that message … thanks! Merry Christmas … Joy to the World, our King has come!! Ted

Ted Hartzell Hartzell Consulting LLC 503659-6200

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