It never ceases to amaze me that after almost 100 years, Oswald Chambers’ daily readings from My Utmost for His Highest, seem like they were written for this very day. Yesterday’s entry spoke to me as we enter into the advent season and I thought I’d share it with you…
The Absoluteness of Jesus Christ
“He shall glorify Me.” John 16:14
The piestic movements of today have none of the rugged reality of the New Testement about them; there is nothing about them that needs the Death of Jesus Christ; all that is required is a pious atmosphere and prayer and devotion. This type of experience is not supernatural nor miraculous, it did not cost he passion of God, it is not dyed in the blood of the Lamb, not stamped, wth the hallmark of the Holy Ghost; it has not that mark on it which makes men say, as they look with awe and wonder- “That is the work of God Almighty.” That and nothing else is what the New Testement talks about.
The type of Christian experience in the new Testement is that of personal passionate devotion to the Person of Jesus Christ. Every other type of Christian experience, so called, is detatched from the Person of Jesus. There is no regeneration, no being born again into the Kingdom in which Christ lives, but only the idea that He is our Pattern. Today He is being despatched as the Figurehead of a Religion, a mere Example. He is that, but He is infinitely more; He is salvation itself, He is the Gospel of God.
Jesus said, “When He the Spirit of truth is come… He shall glorify Me.” When I commit myself to the revelation made in the New Testement, I receive from God the gift of the Holy Spirit Who begins to interpret to me what Jesus did; and does in me subjectively all that Jesus did for me objectively.
The words Mr. Chambers uses here really speak to this time of year. Words like pattern evoke thoughts of those patterns we fall into: planning, decorating, shopping, parties, gifts and eventual fatigue. And not that all of these things are bad per say, it’s what can happen to us in the midst of said patterns that take our eyes of the supernatural and miraculous elements of Christmas. And the figure head of what we worship, Jesus… the baby Jesus, the grown Jesus who walked the earth teaching us about the Father and the Kingdom… it somehow still gets lost when we keep Him and what we know about Him in our minds and don’t stop to know Him, soak Him in and let it – let Him abide in us.
As we enter into this advent season, let’s pray that the image we bear is not that of a pattern or just figure head, but of Salvation, the Gospel, the work in progress of the Holy Spirit that is washed over in the blood of the Lamb. So that not only will others see us a work of God Almighty but also that we may recognize and be encouraged by the precious hand of Jesus upon us.