Frank Viola, Jesus Manifesto, Jesus the centre and circumference, Leonard Sweet, Manifesto, On the Resurrection, What is Christianity but Christ
As we come to Easter in the midst of our cultural confusions, this post is a simple reminder of Who (rather than “what”) is at the centre of Easter faith.
We live in a time when faith has been manipulated for political, financial, or personal ends, where some can claim allegiance to, or partnership with, or following of Christianity – while paying little attention to the Christ of christianity.
But as Sweet and Viola pronounce in their manifesto, it’s all about Jesus. To miss this is to miss it all. To grasp this is more enigma than dogma…
“The centre and circumference of the Christian life is none other than the person of Christ. All things, including those related to Him, are eclipsed by the sight of His peerless worth…
So what is Christianity? It is Christ. Nothing more. Nothing less. Christianity is not an idealogy or a philosophy. Neither is it a new type of morality, social ethic, or worldview. Christianity is the “good news” that beauty, truth, and goodness are found in a person. And true humanity and community are founded on and experienced by connection to that person…
Christians don’t follow Christianity; Christians follow Christ.
Christians don’t preach themselves; Christians proclaim Christ.
Christians don’t preach about Christ: they simply preach Christ.
Christians don’t shout form the rooftops, “Come to church”; they shout from the mountains, “Jesus Christ is born – come to Christ!”
Christians don’t point people to core values; they point people to the incarnated, crucified, resurrected, ascended, enthroned, exalted, triumphant, glorified, reigning Lord – Jesus of Nazareth, the King, the Messiah – the Christ beyond the tomb.
For more on Easter see “On the Resurrection.”
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