The guarantee of Christianity
April 18, 2014
You won’t find it in the various doctrines or creeds of the various sects of religious Christianity: those won’t really hold up against all that the world throws at them. So, I’m not going there. I’m talking about the Christianity of Christ Jesus himself. The guarantee he gave is universal and impartial, though very personal.
Jesus was at odds theologically, with those who crucified him, but he still prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) And his closest followers bickered amongst themselves who would be the greatest. (Mark 9:34) Yet he tenderly reminded them, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:34) And he said of himself, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) As The Way, Jesus made plain what his expectations were and how to meet them. He delivered on every promise.
And he made this highest promise of all, “I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” (John 16:7) He was reassuring those whom he would soon leave, that they would have all they needed, all the time. He predicted that the Comforter or Holy Ghost “shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)
Have you ever felt that comforting presence? Have you ever reached out in prayer and been lifted and helped, healed even? Have you ever needed a miracle – and got one? Do you think that’s all coincidence? No, it’s the guarantee of Christianity. It’s what Jesus promised and God delivered. And it’s now.
Let your Easter be filled with the guarantee of Christianity – let yourself be comforted.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.