The Christ Of Christianity
– by Bishop Tshalo Katshunga
We are living in perilous times! One of the perils of these last days, as warned by Scripture in Matthew 24, is the proliferation of ‘christs’ (self-proclaimed divine enablers capable of providing human salvation). This prevalence of ‘christs’ promotes syncretism, which will in turn bring unintended devastating consequences on human society. Syncretism is an ongoing attempt, by sometimes well meaning but ill-informed people, to fuse differing systems of belief in order to come up with “a more plausible and palatable” one that will inform our practices. However, salvation is only found in the Christ of Christianity. It is crucial to always remember that belief affects behaviour, which in turn affects destiny. What makes the Christ of Christianity the true Christ?
1. His value – He is precious
Jesus Christ is God’s focus. His connection to the Father connects us to: eternal life, power for living, one another, and abundant life. (Isaiah 28:16; 1 Timothy 2:5)
2. His influence – He is prominent
Christ Jesus is humanity’s only hope. Five distinctive characteristics place Him head and shoulders above the rest: He is: resourceful, insightful, the strongest energiser, life giving & life sustaining, and the only effective bridge-builder.
3. His supremacy – He is pre-eminent
The Christ of Christians is the author and sustainer of all created life. He is life’s centre of gravity. Only through Him can life be redeemed, reconciled, and energised (Col 1:15-20; Matthew 11:27; John 1:18).
4. His sufficiency – He is perfect
Jesus Christ is sufficient for a victorious and meaningful life. Satan’s attempt to bring out the worst in us through the perils of life can only be matched by the goodness of God in giving us the perfect gift, new life in Christ. Through the Christ of Christians we have gained a new perspective, developed a new hope, entered a new relationship, and embraced a new use of material blessings – 1 John 4:7-9.
JOY! Magazine (February 2018)