This last Easter I went to a church service and read their literature, which stated:Now very quickly, I want to say that with particulars of this church are irrelevant and I will go ahead and say that I don’t disagree that it is “all about Jesus.” But here are some things I have been pondering.
- If it really is all about Jesus, why did Jesus himself say: “the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing“. Should we also be concerned with what the “Father is doing.” Maybe Jesus is the model for this?
- How come we never hear “It’s all about the Father“?
- For a period of 3 years Jesus walked with his disciples. If it was really all about him, why did he say that it was actually to their “advantage” that he leave? In another version he states that it is actually “better for (them) that he (left)” because it would introduce the power of the Holy Spirit. Are we to take this literally?
- Why don’t we say “It’s all about the Holy Spirit“? Why are churches that say that full of nuts?
I think I understand what people mean when they say “It’s all about Jesus”. In fact the after text clarifies: “it’s not about politics or power, trends or tolerance” the list can go on. The person hood of God needs to remain central.
From my own story, I feel like I need to repent for taking this too far. For me Jesus was much more graspable and making it all about Him, was as much about centralizing Him as it was de-centralizng the role of the Holy Spirit or even God the Father. At it’s core, I feel like my life and the Church is “all about Jesus”. BUT, I no longer feel at liberty to stop there. It is also all about the Father. AND It is also all about the Holy Spirit. Now I need to work on what it means to actually believe that, and not just say it.
Anyone else have a similar experience?
Do you think that there is any danger on labeling the church or christianity as “all about Jesus”?