“And so the Light became alive and manna became Man. Eternity stepped into time so we could understand.” ~ Michael Card, from the song ‘The Final Word’
Sometimes brilliance is stumbled upon. Sometimes it’s stumbled over. In this case, it’s the latter. I was chatting with a friend yesterday regarding this blog post, and the brief exchange that followed had a typo in it. He was suggesting that when it comes to the gospel, it might be better to say that gospel is ‘Jesus Centered’ instead of ‘God-Centered.’
This is what he typed:
I wonder of instead of saying “God entered” it would be better to say “Jesus centered” when it comes to evangelism and the gospel. Why? I think this provokes a trinitarian understanding of God, which means God is not ultimately self-centered, but others centered. The Father loves the Son, and love is always others centered. But the Son points us back to the Father, and the Spirit points us to the Son, and it just keeps moving.
Of course I immediately went down the rabbit trail of a ‘God-Entered’ gospel. A GOD ENTERED GOSPEL!
As Michael Card said above, ‘Eternity stepped into time so we could understand.’ While my friend’s focus was on loving others and that love being fully manifested within the trinity as the first community, I started to think about a gospel that centered on the idea of ‘God – Entered.’ What a magnificent typo!
Jesus said, “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” (John 6:38)
He also said, “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.” (John 3:13)
Jesus, the preexistent eternal Son of God, the 2nd person of the trinity, exited heaven and ‘entered’ the earth. He exited His God-form and ‘entered’ humanity. (Philippians 2:7) He exited, for a short time, his creative powers and ‘entered’ into and became subject to his own creation. (Hebrews 2:9) (Colossians 1:16) He ‘entered’ Jerusalem a King. (Matthew 21:5) He ‘entered’ and became sin so that we might be made righteous. (2 Corinthians 5:21) He exited life and ‘entered’ death on our behalf. (Philippians 2:8) And finally, Jesus bids us to ‘enter,’ dine with, find comfort, be set free, and live in Him.
All of those make for a very ‘God’s Entered’ Gospel. Don’t you think?
In what other ways would you communicate the gospel in a manner that is ‘God’s Entered?’