… that Christ is … (2)

January 17, 2012

“Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life — no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection.” Romans 6:6-7 The Message

Jesus was known as someone who touched lepers .. freed a paralyzed man’s body .. gave sight to a blind man .. restored wholeness to a man out of his mind .. told a sinful woman she was forgiven .. offered life to a disreputable woman .. restored his closest betrayer .. and defeated the power of sin on the Cross. He’s not a God who “was”. He is the God who “is”. He’s alive and it is that everyday engaging assurance that we are following Jesus as Lord and Savior. His life doesn’t make your life smaller but the very opposite. Your life finds all the room you need to grow into more of who God created you to be in His love and grace. He is the One who takes all the broken and dislocated pieces of your life and fits all it together in His risen life. Jesus isn’t a solution .. He is the indwelling source of your life .. He is your saving life. Without Him your life is miserable .. because there isn’t anything you can create in your own strength or effort that can put your life back together and hold you together. What makes life so hard is when we try to keep living life with Jesus being someone in our past not living and abiding in the present tense moments of today. It’s in “Christ that you find out who you are what you are living for.” (Eph. 1:11) Christ not only showed you what love is .. He offers you this same life to live today. Whatever is in your life today … Christ is here for you. It only takes a moment …

“We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. … So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe — people and things, animals and atoms — get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.” Colossians 1:15, 18-20 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to the God-Found .. Christ-alive followers and friends of Priority One (ken@prioirityone.org)

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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