Tuesday, November 3, 2015

#NT75 Day 58: John 4-6 and the importance of understanding Christianity

There are so many passages and teachings in today's reading that it is hard to pick just one to mull over and write something about, but here's my attempt.

In John 5, Jesus is in the middle of a diatribe about who He really is and then drops this little gem:

"Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him" (5.23, cf. 15.23)

In other words, you can talk about "god" all you want to.  But that's not what makes you a Christian.  Lots of people know, worship, follow, and evangelize for the sake of "god."  But that's not the way to honor God.

The way to honor God, the Father, is to honor His Son Jesus.

We, as believers in and followers of Jesus, are distinctly Christian, distinctly Christ-centered, distinctly Son-saved.  And so we honor the Father and the Son when we honor the Son.

Here's the translation to Tuesday:  in our culture, even still, it's pretty okay to talk about "god."  It's less okay to talk about One God.  And it's even less okay to give Him a name, to drop a name like Jesus.  But that's how we honor the One True God, we honor His Son Jesus with our words and lives and hopes and emotions and commitments and so on.

We honor the Creator by honoring Christ.  May it ever be.  Amen.

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