more about this sight

"you're packing a suitcase for a place that you've never been...a place that has to be believed to be seen"...'Walk On' by U2

WATERSHED: A voice in the wilderness. DARYL UNDERWOOD.

 

The concept of Centerpoint Christianity briefly stated is:

Christianity from the centerpoint outward.

Christianity from the climax forward.

This blog constitutes concepts for a new view of Christianity that begins with what is foundational and moves forward from that point. It is based on the assumption that we are being pulled towards something unseen and pushed from a place that once was.

What Centerpoint Christianity attempts to do is bypass some of the constraints imposed by metanarratives by using the life of Christ and particularly the climactic actions of Christ as beginning points.

It supports the conviction that God is essentially timeless. From this beginning point we endeavor to move outward from the definitive moment of the parousia (visitation) of Christ and forward to the future which functions as a type of magnet to "what can be--and is coming".

When we begin at the life of Christ and move outward as from the centerpoint of a web, rather than in a linear timeline of history, another wide picture emerges.


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Thursday
Oct292009

faithfulness

Jesus was intent on one thing. He was going to rescue the reputation of His true love, of God, of Himself. He was going to make good on the promise. The covenant would experience an enchanting, resounding victory, forever more.

This is what Jesus said, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished."

The question(s) then become...Did he mean it; What did he mean by it; and did he accomplish it?

The Torah (law and prophets) had a central intent. It was 'to show' what it means to be a partner of God to a fallen world. Most dramatically it was about faithfulness, both Israel's and God's. What Jesus does in the end (after a final agonizing, heartfelt, sincere call to Israel to repentance) is reenact the story with Himself as the faithful partner so that the world might see what true love and faithfulness looks like. The idea is that the world would be drawn to this story, this way. It came undone when Israel 'slept' with other gods and committed spiritual adultery. This was disastrous because it essentially undermined the central purpose and dream of God. When she went after 'other lovers' the world could rightfully say 'you are just like us, you are not a Man, control your wife, you are weak...who wants what you have?' It tarnished his reputation. It made void his promise of another way. It made it impossible to have the type of spiritual children that should have come from this union. And God would have to, for the sake of love and faithfulness, endure this contempt.

Jeremiah 2:20

"Long ago you broke off your yoke
       and tore off your bonds;
       you said, 'I will not serve you!'
       Indeed, on every high hill
       and under every spreading tree
       you lay down as a prostitute.

 21 I had planted you like a choice vine
       of sound and reliable stock.
       How then did you turn against me
       into a corrupt, wild vine?

It all went down. It all fell apart. When things fall apart chaos is not far behind.

So what Israel didn't do...Jesus does. He will reenact the story with a better ending...and a new beginning. He will make straight want went crooked. He will save and renew the reputation of God.

This reenactment contains another theme of scripture repeated again and again--the idea of second chance; new beginning, forgiveness and restoration. What was once found in exile has returned, been made new, and now found (Luke 15). Jesus stands in sharp contrast to another son of legend. Absalom is the rebellious son of King David. Once banished from the land because of David's great love and compassion he is allowed to return from the exile. He proves himself faithless to the 'second chance' and presses David into a delicate position. Faithlessness in the face of love brings demise. In the end we observe the tragic ending of a rebellious child, hung by his own sin. Absalom is like Haman in his own gallows. We. too, have laid a trap for ourselves. We need a second chance lest we in the proverbial way 'hang ourselves'. Jesus, like the other son, Solomon, proves faithful and is given the 'right' to build the temple.

What is revealed is His faithfulness to the story (including the covenant). This was always on Jesus mind. This is Torah fulfilled and accomplished.

In one way the cross is more about Jesus' faithfulness to God's dream and passion...than it is a sacrifice for us. The second is surely true but is a result of the first. Out of this union children are the natural outcome. The Spirit brings forth the children and presides over this 'act of love'. Out of this union life is created. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes (place name here) in a baby carriage. I couldn't resist.

His death is proof that he did not go back (Hebrews 11) but instead stood firm (without wavering) to the end. I believe this is what Jesus is saying when he breathes 'it is finished'. In the end the cross may appear to be the end of the line.

But it is not the end of the story.

And they live happily ever after.

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