Thursday, January 12, 2017
"A Sacred Trust"
The earliest Christian confession was “Jesus is Lord.” The lordship of Jesus only makes sense if you know the story of Jesus. The story of Jesus emphasizes his honesty and humility. He fully trusted God, his heavenly father. His dependence on God sets a standard for us.
How can you tell the story of Jesus without noting his teaching regarding repentance, mercy, forgiveness, and faith? The healing ministry of our Lord continues to be a motivational factor for all who claim to be a part of the body of Christ. He constantly opened people to the embrace of God’s grace. All of us in the Church realize that we are an extension of the community of faith first demonstrated by his disciples. Today we still take the Great Commission seriously to go into the world and teach, preach and baptize in the Trinitarian Formula.
“Jesus is Lord” makes no sense apart from the resurrection of Jesus. Christ is Lord of all – including that which we cannot explain. The exclamation of Thomas spoke for all of us, “My Lord and my God!”
To some degree we are expected to imitate the life of Christ. Jesus said to the like of us, “you are the light of the world. Let your light shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven.” No matter the time or the challenge, the expectation of our Christian witness is that it be Christ-like. That is a sacred trust.