I wrote yesterday on this scripture and made the statement that “Jesus Christ is the embodiment of the intention and nature of God. He is God’s thought and spirit, His essence, made flesh.”
Tonight, whilst doing some lectio devina style prayer, my heart swooning and open, I thought of the cross in a different way. If Jesus is God’s nature and intention, it’s safe to say He represents God’s hopes and dreams.
Looking at the life of Christ proves that the hopes and dreams of God are good. Jesus spent His life in healing, honesty, sharing, compassion and connection. He was all about teaching, miracles, wonderous events, excellent flavor, Love and forgiveness. Jesus Himself tells us He came so we might have life and have it abundantly.
Two thousand years ago, God’s hopes and dreams were walking around here on Earth and what did we do? We called them lies. We whipped them, jeered and taunted, nailed them up for public humiliation, and finally killed them – dead as a door nail.
God’s hopes and dreams are still walking around, here on Earth in each of us, and what do we do? We dismiss them. We drown them in alcohol, we pollute them with drugs and media, we trample them to run the rat race, we trade them away for sex, we nail them up to public humiliation and then wonder why the world is such a hard place.
People say, ‘If God is so good then why is there suffering?’. Suffering doesn’t come from God. That isn’t what He wants for us. Look at Christ. Learn His life. Where did Christ EVER cause suffering? Nowhere. He never did that.
Christ helped people. He set things right. He called bullshit on hypocrisy and He treated people (even the very worst people with the absolute least value) with love and compassion and respect.
We cause our suffering, institutionally, generationally, formatively, because we keep killing God’s hopes and dreams for us. We don’t accept God and we don’t accept what He wants for our lives. This sums it up:
The choice we face is not, as many imagine, between heaven and hell. Rather, the choice is between heaven and this world. Even a fool would exchange hell for heaven; but only the wise will exchange this world for heaven.”
― Dave Hunt, An Urgent Call To A Serious Faith
The Good News is, despite all we do to kill God’s hopes and dreams for us, they’re still alive, untouchable and impervious to even our most heinous attempts. “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not over come it.” All we have to do is accept.
God has great plans and hopes and dreams. They’re waiting for you, and for me, resurrected and glorified in Jesus Christ. They’ll be kept safely there until we’re ready to get to know them.
Thank you for that, Dear Jesus.