Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A Passover Message

Borrowed from Fr. Tom Johnson, Anglican Church of the Resurrection, AMiA, Casper

From a Jews for Jesus newsletter, "Moishe's Musings". Moishe Rosen is the Jews for Jesus founder. Jews for Jesus is a Jewish organization dedicated to helping Jews discover Jesus as the Messiah.

Christianity comes out of Judaism, so the two religions have an affinity with each other. Even our celebrations have much in common.


THE MISSING INGREDIENT

The elements that make a thing to be what it is can't be compromised. Bread without yeast becomes matzoh. Oceans without water become very long, very dry valleys of sand. Marriages without love become a version of Hell.


A church with a missing ingredient becomes a social club. The ingredients of the church may not be exactly what you think. You can have a church without pews, without a pulpit, without a preacher, without a doctrinal creed. But all too often, what's really essential is left out. You can't have a church without people--and you can't have a real church without Jesus.

The synergistic relationship between Jesus and His people is what produces a church. Don't confuse the product with the producer. Buildings with steeples, with or without musical instruments, with pews, even with people are not what God wants for a church unless Jesus is the Main Ingredient.

The main ingredient for life is not good health and a strong body. It is not a good education, a good personality, or good connections. Human nature by itself corrupts and corrodes anything about us that is good. The main ingredient has to be the antidote to human nature. That is why the main ingredient is Jesus. He prepares, promotes, and preserves us. He promises us eternal life.

Nowadays, polite society wants to erase the Name of Jesus as though His name were some kind of public obscenity. But they'll never erase Jesus because He is our ground of being, our basis of reality, and the One who gives life--not only that, He's the One who gives our life meaning.

5 comments:

Gene Packwood said...

Greetings, Chip:

Where did your Main Ingredient come from?

Lenten Blessings,

Gene

Chip Johnson+, cj said...

Gene,

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Actually, a pretty good comment from a 'completed rabbi'.

Anonymous said...

Christianity does not come out of Judaism.
Christianity developed alongside Judaism after the Temple was destroyed.
They are better characterized as "sister" religions.

Chip Johnson+, cj said...

But, Jesus was a practicing 'orthodox' Jew during His lifetime. The term 'Christian' came into being in the early second century, in Antioch.

Tim and Karen said...

Tremendous post. You wouldn't mind if I "steal" it sometimme for a sermon? And, obviously, quite correct about one coming out of the otehr. Some tend to forget that.