The Lenten Journey: “Christ Came”

Each Facebook status declares our abstinence – bearing the glamour of false pride and modern spirituality. We sit around and stare at blank screens – scrolling through the list of piety – measuring our choices against others. Are we fasting enough? Are we looking holy enough?

As I search through endless posts – my mind is drawn back to that one moment – that one verse that breaks through the walls of Christian religiosity and past Christian comparison. Three words declare God’s heart towards humanity – “I have come.” Christ – the Messiah – the flesh and blood that would be poured out in a declaration of love; came. Christ came so that we might have life – not the type of life that’s hidden in the pages of self-help books or spiritual retreats – but the kind of life that dares to love Creation with arms wide open. He didn’t come to lock the doors of the church. He didn’t come to reside in a monastery. He came to love those who would ruin His reputation. He came to lead those who would sell Him for silver. He came to live a life that would break the Pharisaical walls and bear the scars of forgiveness.

As I peer into modern society, I see a city on a hill and a church underground. What happened to Christ? This Lenten Season is more than abstinence – it’s more than hiding away from the crowds to protect our religion. It’s listening to the cries of creation and answering the call to respond. What will we say? Will we peer through the blinds and leave a note on the door? Will we write out our standards and demand society to clothe themselves in a facade? Will we choose to look like Christ?

Photo Credit: Loren Kerns via Flickr

Christ came so that we would come – come to listen – come to forgive – come to lead – come to love. He came so that we could come to this world with calloused feet and scared hands. He came so that the world would see His love and be compelled by His life.

John 10:10 declares, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life…” You see, the thief is not simply a picture of the enemy, it’s anyone who stands in the way of someone knowing Christ – it’s the stance of apathy in a world of lost hope. We reject. We rebuff. We remind the world of their sins, without offering them salvation. 

This Lenten Season is not a stance of separation – but a stance of compassion. It dares us to question our lives in light of Christ – it dares us to seek God’s presence in order to reveal His passion. It dares us to come out of hiding – come out of our comfort – come out of our churches and love others. It dares us to fast from mediocrity and fixate on loving those around us. He came. Will you come?

The views, opinions and positions expressed by the authors and those providing comments on these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of Portland Seminary, George Fox University or any employee thereof. We make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, timeliness, suitability or validity of any information presented by individual authors and/or commenters on our blogs and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.