HE IS RISEN
Christ is not only for us. In a manner of speaking HE IS US. Theologians have called this ‘The vicarious humanity of Jesus.’ It’s meaning is simple. Jesus is in every way everything we would want to be and all that Father desires for us in Himself. As some have more recently said, ‘To see Jesus is to see yourself.’ Forget the notion that the law is the mirror of your person. You are not even the mirror of yourself. Christ is who you are and who you are becoming. Christ in you is both the hope and the present reality of your glory and His joy!
‘To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Col 1.27 NIV.
To repeat what we have been saying .. The cross is the love of God in action. But it is not an end in itself. It is the beginning. It achieves our at-one-ment with God. There is no need to obsess about the cross. It puts our Adamic self to death, raises us to life in Jesus and results in each of us being filled with the Spirit – with Father and with the Son. Now in us lives the fullness of the god-head bodily.
‘For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form’ Col 2.9 NIV. Today this fullness lives in you!
This is the meaning of the Lord’s Table – a reminder and celebration of this glorious indwelling. No need to get all solemn about the cross as many do. The Lord’s Table is the reminder of the great truth of the new testament age. His life is our life. Jesus is vicariously for us as our atonement and mediator. He is also in us and expressed through us as our life in the Spirit of Sonship.
‘I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them’ John 17.26 NIV.
When Jesus rose from the dead so did you. Jesus is your life every day. He is your life beyond the grave in the infinity that we call eternal life. By the genius of God and the ministry of Holy Spirit this infinity is brought into your present, everyday life. Everyday God lives in you. Each morning you are new and ready for a fresh adventure with Him. His grace frees you from sin and regret. His life draws you into the excitement of just being alive. Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday morning. This was the birth of the new creation. At Pentecost this new creation entered you. Every day you have fullness of life in dire circumstances and in the normal and satisfactory flow of events. Christ in you is the hope of glory each day because Christ is your life.