“The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.” Goethe.
The man who wrote this was at best convoluted concerning Jesus, on one page doubting everything about Him and on another testifying of His greatness. Yet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Commonly pronounced “Gurter” or Einstein, “Goo-Tay” among others) said some amazing things that really put the consecrated life in proper perspective.
The greatest minds of the last two millennia had probed, wrestled with, embraced or rejected the biblical teaching of the cross of Christ. To plumb the depths of the cross no mechanism of ancient or modern thought has touched more than the mere hem of the garment of divine truth associated with the cross. The simplest verses compete successfully with the ruminations of the greatest minds the world has seen, and yet upon thought we do not grasp the full meaning of the cross.
Paul put it this way in 2Co 5:19 “that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
Moderns are wondering and near blasphemy when writing about how/when did Christ become God, when the mystery is “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.
Much is made over some “Christian” groups having a meager grasp of Christ, yet in the dungeons of persecution the simplicity/wonder of the cross bonds the tortured to one in Christ.
When, upon your journey into “knowing” Christ, you reach the point of saying, “This is too much for me.” At that point you are ready to progress into a more inspirational walk with Jesus in the garden of truth.
When we are standing around naked in “Rehab” camps, we will only know the Love of Christ, and the arguments over “wire rimmed glasses, bell bottom trousers, hair touching the ear, Levis or Hart Shaffner Marx” will matter no longer, only the reality of Jesus Christ will enter our minds and hearts as we relish the spirit of Jesus as stated by Goethe, “The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.”
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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