What many of us don’t take time to think about is that it was a long, drawn out, very meticulous process for that new and better item to get into our hands.
The Bible speaks about a newness of life that the Gospel ushers in. It speaks of a life made new when Jesus is at the center of it. A whole section of the Bible is organized into this framework, as the New Covenant, or New Testament is seen as better than the Old Testament or Old Covenant. We see the New writings of the apostles and disciples explain how Jesus makes everything better. We see the actions of Christ and His Church take the commands and structures of the Old Testament law and writings and make them better.
Jesus himself says of his own ministry, “Behold I am making all things… New.”
So what does that actually look like?
New things require time, energy, and patience to wade through the process.
But when we do, we notice something about this Jesus.
“Christ showed us an entirely new way of being human.” - Maximus the Confessor
At the very core of what makes us… us. That is what He wants to transform. That is the system upgrade He desires for our hearts, that is the what He longs to reassemble and make better.
I have been currently wrestling with what this means for my life in the here and now. My mind has been stirring and keeping me up through the middle of the night with this question burning in my brain: When do we live? This is when I stumbled upon a blog post by Pastor and author Brian Zahnd who asked the same question and experienced a similar restlessness over the answer and consequences to that answer.
If salvation is primarily a ticket to heaven when we die, wouldn’t the answer to the question, “When do we live?” be, “When we die”?
Brian believes that answer is unsatisfactory, in fact it is antithetical to the Gospel.
That doesn’t make much sense to me when I read about Jesus’ ministry. He came to bring life, life more abundantly. He said the Kingdom of Heaven was actively present among them, not some far off event when everyone dies.
I also believe Paul and the other apostles would balk at that idea… and yet, this is the major belief among most church goers. We need to escape the world and attain life in heaven… after we die. This is why escapism beliefs about the end times are so popular. But the Bible doesn’t back these beliefs up.
I think the answer to the question when do we live? can be answered this way:
We live when we discover the new way to be human in Christ.
I will be exploring some of my ideas of how we can experience this new way of being human, but first I want to hear from you! What are your thoughts?